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Thanksgiving Break

Posted in Campus by Evan Lisull on 26 November 2008

Blogging will be light throughout break, so apologies in advance. However, having taken off for Thanksgiving break a day early (as I’m sure many of you did), I’m considering the annual question of why the UA only has a two-day break. My sister, who attends a small school in Ohio, had the whole week off, as did several friends back home.

However, this isn’t just a small, liberal arts school luxury. Going through the list of the sixty Association of American Universities (AAU) schools, 11 of them offer a full week for the break. More importantly, a full twenty of them, while not offering a full week for break, do have a fall break that takes place in the middle of October.

Of the schools that don’t have either option, six of them are Cal schools, which are all based on the same schedule; this inflates the number of the schools that appear to offer no extra breaks. Furthermore, some of these schools start school much later than usual; Ohio State, for instance, doesn’t start classes until September 24.

The broader point here is that the UA could offer a longer Thanksgiving break, or a fall break, without sacrificing academic integrity. Cutting back on the number of academic days also helps to safe costs. Since Shelton has already decided to punish out-of-state students with another double-digit tutition raise, the least he can do is consider allowing these students an extra day or two to commiserate with their families.

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  1. A. Hill said, on 27 November 2008 at 11:39 am

    I wrote a column about this last November. It really is a shame we don’t have one. And considering UA’s budget problems, it could be helpful to shut all the lights etc. off for a week.

  2. A. Hill said, on 27 November 2008 at 11:41 am

    Oh, durr, you mentioned my second point already. That’s what I get for reading everything but the last paragraph.

  3. Laura Donovan said, on 30 November 2008 at 10:58 pm

    My column this Tuesday is about this! I guess the three of us are on the same page on this issue. My friend at UC Davis didn’t have Wednesday off, but at the same time, most UC students are from California, so they don’t really need the extra travel day. Your situation is especially obnoxious since you’re from the midwest. It’s ridiculous for students to sacrifice a high attendance grade to see their families, and on top of everything else, they have homework over the break. As Alyson said, the UA would benefit from a day off considering the budget crisis.

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