Sneaux expected to fall at Loyola next week

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Sneaux expected to fall at Loyola next week

Students play with shaved ice on the horseshoe lawn during Sneaux 2014. The annual event hosted by the Department of Student Involvement features hot chocolate, photos with Santa and other holiday activities. Photo credit: The Maroon

Students play with shaved ice on the horseshoe lawn during Sneaux 2014. The annual event hosted by the Department of Student Involvement features hot chocolate, photos with Santa and other holiday activities. Photo credit: The Maroon

Students play with shaved ice on the horseshoe lawn during Sneaux 2014. The annual event hosted by the Department of Student Involvement features hot chocolate, photos with Santa and other holiday activities. Photo credit: The Maroon

Students play with shaved ice on the horseshoe lawn during Sneaux 2014. The annual event hosted by the Department of Student Involvement features hot chocolate, photos with Santa and other holiday activities. Photo credit: The Maroon

Lily Cummings

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Loyola plans to celebrate Christmas early this year, as approximately 10 tons of shaved ice is expected to transform the Marquette Horseshoe into a winter wonderland for “Sneaux at Loyno” Dec. 7.

The annual event, hosted by the Department of Student Involvement, is set to take place from 6-8 p.m., as students, faculty and the New Orleans community partake in winter holiday festivities and enjoy sweet treats.

According to Courtney Williams, associate director of student involvement, this year’s event will include various activities such as create your own Christmas cards; an interactive photo booth with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves; a s’mores station; cookie decorating and additional surprises.

Kristen Williams, biology freshman, plans to attend Sneaux for the first time this year. She remembered hearing about Sneaux while applying to Loyola, and as a New Orleans native, she is excited to experience a taste of winter and receive one of the coveted Sneaux t-shirts.

“I’m most excited to be a part of such an anticipated event, especially as a member of first year council,” Williams said. “I cannot wait to help SGA put on this huge event at Loyola.”

Williams said “Sneaux at Loyno” isn’t just organized for the campus, but also for the surrounding community, and he feels the event unites the two groups and marks the beginning of the holiday season. According to Williams, the best things about Sneaux are the community coming together in celebration, singing Christmas carols and joining in conversation over hot chocolate.

Justin Callais, accounting and economics junior, has attended Sneaux for two years and believes it is one of the best traditions Loyola has to offer. He said he looks forward to the t-shirts, but especially the tradition that brings students, faculty, staff and their families together.

“I choose to attend because I’m from south Louisiana, so I never get to experience real snow,” Callais said. “It’s a good way to enjoy snow and have fun with friends and faculty at the same time.”

Courtney Williams said around 900 people attended Sneaux last year, and he expects 900 to 1,000 participants this year. As director of student involvement, he said it is a pleasure to host the annual Sneaux event, which he said spreads holiday cheer and offers students stress relief before final exams begin.

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