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April 18, 2014

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Katherine Moss, a student and Snyder Hall resident at the University of Illinois, sings to callers as part of the hall's annual Dial-A-Carol program in Champaign, Ill. The student-run project is a hotline of sorts for people who prefer their holiday carols sung live by amateurs. The program was started in 1960 by a former hall secretary, Betty Gordon, and a group of the dorm’s residents. Last year, the student volunteers took more than 4,000 calls from people all over the world requesting “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Claire Everett/University of Illinois / AP Photo

Katherine Moss, a student and Snyder Hall resident at the University of Illinois, sings to callers as part of the hall's annual Dial-A-Carol program in Champaign, Ill. The student-run project is a hotline of sorts for people who prefer their holiday carols sung live by amateurs. The program was started in 1960 by a former hall secretary, Betty Gordon, and a group of the dorm’s residents. Last year, the student volunteers took more than 4,000 calls from people all over the world requesting “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”