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Students Flock to Christmas in the Cove


Dr. Jerol Swaim (left) prepares hot dogs while chatting with students at Christmas in the Cove.

Williams Baptist College students descended in big numbers on faculty and staff housing Sunday night for the annual Christmas in the Cove celebration. Residents in WBC’s Faculty Cove open their homes each year to provide treats for the students.

"Christmas in the Cove is a time when the faculty and students can come together as family more than anything," said Jason Shifflett, a senior from Fayetteville, Ark. "It’s a time where we can share a cup of hot chocolate and some s’mores in their homes, and they treat us like family while we’re so far away from home."

Among the highlights of the event each year is Williams President Dr. Jerol Swaim roasting hot dogs for students as they warm themselves by an outdoor fire.

Faculty and staff team up to provide food and refreshments at the homes. Nine homes were open to students this year, with such diverse food themes as chili, latte’, cookies, and the ever popular chocolate.

Well over 200 students took part in this year’s Christmas in the Cove, according to college estimates.

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