Voices of Inspiration Choir Celebrates Halloween

October 30, 2009  

Students socialize and eat at the Hallelujah Fest Thursday in the Hughes-Trigg Commons. (PHOTO BY EMILY KEISTER/DAILY MUSTANG).

Students socialize and eat at the Hallelujah Fest Thursday in the Hughes-Trigg Commons. (PHOTO BY EMILY KEISTER/DAILY MUSTANG).


By Khadija Farah
kfarah@smu.edu

The SMU Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir hosted its alternative Halloween Celebration on Thursday night in the Hughes-Trigg student center.

The event, named “Hallelujah Fest”, was geared towards students who were looking to celebrate Halloween in a different way than the usual ghoulish festivities.

“Growing up, I didn’t really celebrate Halloween,” Voices of Inspiration President, Vanisha Lewis, said. “I might have gone trick-or-treating once when I was a child.”

As Lewis promised, Hallelujah fest was “food, fun, and fellowship” as students were lured into the Commons by the smell of fresh quesadillas.

“I really enjoyed it,” said sophomore Jasmine Carr. “I like being able to come together, laugh together, and praise the Lord at the same time.”

Games such as “Name that Church Song” and “Who wants to be a Bible Millionaire” were played to test participants’ Bible knowledge. Other students said they heard shouts of “David!” and other names from the bible from different parts of the building.

“It sounded like so much fun!” said Sarah Behrens, who was studying in the Student Activities and Multicultural Student Affairs (SAMSA) office.

Like many other students, choir member Uju Rochas does not celebrate Halloween and preferred this event offered by Voices of Inspiration.

“It was great and a way to have fun in a good way,” said Rochas.

The event closed with an impromptu performance of Hezekiah Walker’s “Souled Out,” in which the group came alive around the piano and sang in perfect harmony.

“It is all about serving God and worshiping through song,” says Lewis.

The Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir has been at SMU since 1987 and is open to the entire SMU community. They can be heard at campus events such as “Celebration of Lights,” where they sing Christmas carols.

The choir is set to perform at the “Give Thanks Dinner” hosted by the Association of Black students and “Celebration of Lights.” For more information, contact Vanisha Lewish at vlewis@smu.edu.

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