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Finals, finally!

December 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Let it snow, let it snow!
Snow has finally made its way to Houghton and it seems like winter is revving up just in time for the final week of classes. Right now there’s only about 3 inches of the white stuff covering campus, but more is surely on the way. Many students were excited to learn that Mont Ripley, Michigan Tech’s ski hill, partially opened over the weekend and will continue to open runs as snow is made. Hitting the slopes is a great way to take a study break and get some fresh air during this busy time! Another great option for a break from hitting the books was the Pre-exam Jam, hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) that took place on December 10. The center served free food from 11:00am to 1:00pm, providing a comfortable place to hang out with friends and relax before going back to the chaos of homework, classes, and studying.

One more week…
Starting this Saturday, December 15, there will be 22-hour quiet hours in the residence halls to create a good environment for students preparing for exams. Quiet hours mean that students must keep the noise down and be respectful of others who are studying and trying to focus. The Resident Assistants in the halls will be on high alert to stop any rowdy residents from disturbing their neighbors. Many halls even have organized study sessions where students can work together to figure out the more difficult topics, and maybe even grab a snack.  Non-quiet hours are  12:00pm to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 6:00pm daily.

Reminders before break

Once students conquer their final exams, they are free to head home 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. It’s also important to remember that the electricity will be turned off in their rooms, so any electrical appliances should be unplugged for the duration of break. Other preparations include closing and locking their windows and doors, and turning down thermostats if they have them. Additionally, if students have a mini-fridge, it is important to leave the door open and place a towel underneath the refrigerator so they are not left with a puddle when they come back in January. Students with space for another resident in their rooms will want to make sure that half the room is cleaned and prepared for another roommate prior to Winter Break. Students who do not will be charged a fine. If they are are assigned a new roommate over Winter Break, they will receive 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 during the 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, some of which I’ve detailed above.

I hope that all of your students have a successful finals week and safe trips home, wherever that may be! Also, I hope that you all enjoy a long and relaxing winter holiday with your students home. This will be the last article until spring semester, so watch for the next article in January. However, I will be checking my email periodically between now and then, so please send any questions, comments, or concerns.

Until next time,

One of my adventures from last winer! Looking forward to many more this year.