Dial-a-Carol a holiday tradition at U of Illinois

By By CARLA K. JOHNSON

CHICAGO (AP) — The phones are jingling off the hook at Dial-a-Carol, a student-run project on the University of Illinois' Champaign campus. It's a hotline of sorts for people who prefer hearing holiday music sung by a choir of amateurs who've been up all night studying.

The carols echoing in the lobby of Snyder Hall may be out of tune at times, but the voices ring with youthful energy.

The program was started in 1960 by a former hall secretary and a group of the dormitory's residents.

Last year, the students took more than 4,000 calls from people all over the world requesting "Jingle Bells," ''White Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Phone lines are open until just before midnight Wednesday. The number is 217-332-1882.

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