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Merry Christmas

The Friends University clock tower is aglow for the holidays again after a $2.5 million repair and restoration project.

The Davis Administration Building was heavily damaged in a July 2009 hailstorm that hammered the Friends campus and surrounding neighborhoods. Hailstones, some the size of baseballs, totaled the building's slate roof and shattered many of the clock tower lights.

The tower, lighted for the first time during the university's centennial celebration in 1998, was dark last holiday season. Since then, crews have replaced the building's roof and hundreds of sections of fiberglass around the tower's edges and cornices.

Last week, just in time for the final shows of Friends University's "The Nutcracker," Davis Hall glowed again. More than 13,000 white lights outline the tower and serve as a holiday landmark at Kellogg and Meridian.

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