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A tweet sparks movement to relight iconic WVU hall

Daily Athenaeum file photo   Woodburn Hall is decorated with lights to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in December 2009.

Daily Athenaeum file photo
Woodburn Hall is decorated with lights to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in December 2009.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A tweet sparked a movement in the West Virginia University community a few weeks ago, calling for the University to reinstate the tradition of lighting up Woodburn Hall for the holiday season.

Biology student Layne Veneri sent the tweet with a picture of Woodburn Hall outlined in the white lights that were signature until 2011, when the University discontinued the tradition for energy efficiency.

“Hey #WVU, you should start lighting up Woodburn like this again for the Holiday Season… #RelightWoodburn,” the tweet read.

After 346 retweets, 407 favorites and having an impression on more than 56,000 Twitter users, the idea to relight Woodburn left social media and gained traction in the real world, with the Student Government Association unanimously passing a resolution in support of the movement.

Despite the public hype, however, the movement is still in its early stages, and the feasibility of the project has yet to be investigated…

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