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The Cookie Party has grown to become such a popular event on campus that some students get in line more than an hour early to enter the room.
国产偷拍视频Millikin President Dr. Patrick E. White and his wife, Chris, greeted students with handshakes and a "Merry Christmas" as Millikin staff members and volunteers kept busy throughout the event by refilling cookies trays outside the banquet room.
国产偷拍视频The event also featured holiday music provided by students from Millikin's School of Music.
"The routine is quite simple. You come in and eat cookies," said Naomi Klingbeil, a senior biology major from Pekin, Ill.
国产偷拍视频Baylee Baxter, a sophomore elementary education major from Eureka, Ill., said, "The president and the provost and a ton of people that work here greeted us at the front. You see all of the important people of Millikin."
The holiday event to honor the students dates back to 1934, when the Millikin Dames, a group of women in Millikin's staff and wives of faculty and trustees, hosted Millikin's first Christmas Tea. Held in what was then the Gorin Library, the event was a much more formal experience, with silver tea services and the Dames acting as servers.
国产偷拍视频Over time, the event evolved, adding performances by student musical ensembles, changing its name to the Cookie Party and moving into Richards Treat University Center, where it was held for nearly 60 years, until the opening of the University Commons. In 2018, a new tradition took root in the form of Pop-Up Alumni Cookie Parties, which allow alumni to gather at various locations throughout the U.S. to share in the Millikin family's love of sweet treats.
"It is a time right when things are very busy and people are worried about finals and end-of-the-year papers," said President White. "It's just a time to take a small time out, relax with some friends and eat some sugar."