Escape for Winter Break
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
It seems Mother Nature has finally decided to grace Houghton with her lovely wintery presence. Over the past two weeks it has snowed almost every single day. The Keweenaw Peninsula spent the past weekend under a Winter Storm Warning and Lake Effect Snow Advisory. Upon arriving back from Fall Break students have been walking in Michigan Tech’s very own Winter Wonderland. According to the Keweenaw Research Center Weather Station Snow Measurements there are 22 inches of accumulated snow on the ground. Much to the students’ delight Mt. Ripley opened this past Saturday, December 11. Several students took advantage of the opportunity to get back on their skis or snowboard and have a fun study break with friends. Mt. Ripley will be closed this week while more snow is made but the hill will open for the season on Saturday, December 18.
The snow on the ground and the quietness all around also means something else for our Michigan Tech students . . . the beginning of final exams! Final exams will take place the week of Monday, December 13. Starting Saturday, December 11 at midnight, 22 hour quiet hours will go into effect in the residence halls. This means that students in the Residence Halls must remain quiet and be respectful to those who are studying in the Residence Halls 22 hours a day until Friday, December 17 at 12:00 p.m. The consideration hours in which students can resume their normal daytime volume level are 12:00 p.m. to 1:oo p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m daily.
Reminders for Students
Once students complete their final exams they are free to leave for Winter Break. Students who live in the Residence Halls will need to make sure that they tell their Resident Assistant when they plan on leaving. As students are preparing to leave for Winter Break it is important to remember that the electricity will be turned off in their room. This means students will want to unplug any electrical items, close and lock their windows, and turn down their thermostats. It is also important for students to remember to leave their refrigerator door open and place a towel underneath their refrigerator so they are not left with a mess when they come back in January. Also, students with an empty space in their room will want to make sure that half the room is cleaned and prepared for another roommate prior to Winter Break. Students who have an empty space in their room and do not make sure the other half of the room is cleaned will be charged a $100 fine to their student account. Students who are assigned a new roommate over Winter Break will receive a notification with their new roommate’s information via email, letter, or phone.
All students who live in the Residence Halls should have received a “You Deserve a Break” newsletter in their mailbox at some point throughout this last week. This newsletter has all the important information about when the Dining Halls, Campus Café, and Reception Desks will be closing for Winter Break. The newsletter also contains important reminders for students leaving campus for Winter Break regarding room security, parking, and other procedures. In general it is expected that all students will leave the Michigan Tech Residence Halls for Winter Break. Residents who must stay for Winter Break or who plan to leave after December 18 at 12:00 p.m. must request permission by filling out the Early Arrival Late Departure Form located on the Housing website under Forms and Resources. Students will receive an email within 7 business days informing them whether or not they have been approved to stay in the Residence Halls over Winter Break. In addition, students who plan to arrive back to the Residence Halls prior to January 8 at 12:00 p.m. will need to fill out the form. There is a $14 per night charge for residents who stay during Winter Break, depart late, or arrive early. It is essential that students who need to stay fill out the form so they can have electricity and swipe access to their Residence Hall.
I wish your student the best of luck on Final Exams and I hope you enjoy spending Winter Break with your student! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!