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Ready to take a break!

November 9, 2012 in Communication, Housing, Travel

Although we all love being at Michigan Tech, many students (including myself) are ready for a break! Luckily, in less than two weeks we’ll be getting just that. With about ten weeks of classes, exams, homework, campus involvement, and other activities under our belts, Fall Break is a welcomed sight on the horizon. This year’s Fall Break will begin at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, and last through Sunday, November 24.

Students who are planning to make the trek back to the homestead for break have several transportation options. The Inter-Residence Hall Council Rideboard is a great online option for students who need a ride home to post a ride request. Students who have a car will find it useful to recruit passengers by posting where they are going and the destination that they may be passing on the way. This is a great way for students to split up expensive fuel costs, make a new friend on the long drive, or just have some company for the ride through the infamous “Seney Stretch.” Another option is to take the Indian Trails bus. The routes will be advertised on posters around campus, but they can also be found on the Indian Trials Website. Just check under the Scheduled Service tab for more information.

Reminders for Students

All students who live in the residence halls should have received a “You Deserve A Break” newsletter in their mailbox, as well as an email with a link to the online newsletter. This newsletter has important information about when the dining halls, Campus Café, and reception desks will be closing for Fall Break. The newsletter also has some important reminders for students leaving campus for Fall Break, including things like room security and parking.

For students who are planning on leaving campus for break, it is important to remember to close and lock the windows, unplug nonessential electrical appliances, turn off all lights, and lock doors before departing for the week. Michigan Tech also encourages students to leave their vehicles at home if they will not be using them often during the winter months. The amount of space in the parking lots is greatly reduced due to snow, so the fewer vehicles on campus, the better!

Students who are not taking their vehicles home over break or who are staying in the residence halls over break need to make sure their vehicles are moved to Lot 26 by Sunday, November 18, to avoid towing. Vehicles should be moved back to their assigned lots by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24.

If your student has a bike on campus, they must remove them from the bike racks by Friday, November 16, as the racks are moved during Fall Break to new, snow-friendly locations. Despite the move, the racks are available for use throughout the winter months in their new locations. Students also have the option of placing their bikes in on-campus storage. Students may look at the “You Deserve A Break” newsletter for more specific bike storage information.

Students who are planning to stay on campus for all or part of Fall Break will need to register at their residence hall reception desk by Thursday, November 15. This includes students who plan on leaving after 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, or returning prior to noon on Sunday, November 24. There is no extra charge for staying in the residence halls during break. The dining halls will close on Friday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m., and will reopen on Monday, November 25.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me directly at tggendro@mtu.edu or post a comment!