Two days left until a week of freedom. For some CSU’s fall break
won’t come a moment too soon.
Some burned-out CSU students are wondering why the university’s
break comes so late in the semester.
“I needed a break about three weeks ago,” said Ambeur Johnson, a
liberal arts senior. Johnson said she and her friends use breaks to
catch up on schoolwork, but with only two weeks left in the
semester it will be too late to catch up on anything.
Paul Hunter, a finance and real estate junior, said he liked the
break just the way it was.
“Now we’re hearing from some faculty and students that the
semester might just have too much time before the major break,”
said C.W. Miller, a CSU professor who is chair of the Faculty
Council, which sets the academic calendar for the university. “We
want to do what’s best for the students’ health and studies,”
Miller said, adding that the Faculty Council welcomes ideas on the
subject from students and faculty.
CSU’s academic calendar is already set through 2009, but Miller
said the Faculty Council has the ability to change the calendar if
Katie Clausen, vice president of the Associated Students of CSU,
said students have not approached ASCSU expressing a desire to
change the break. Though people do complain about getting tired and
burned-out this late in the semester, most students aren’t willing
to sacrifice the whole week break just to have a couple days off
earlier in the semester, Clausen said.
The University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of
Northern Colorado do not offer students a full week break during
the fall semester. Both universities give students Oct. 2 and 3 off
for a fall break, as well as the two days for Thanksgiving.
“I think it would be good to have an earlier break, but I like
having the full week off,” said Lindsay Collins, a freshman equine
The weeklong Thanksgiving break started in 1991 when CSU added
one week to each semester. This gave the option of allowing some
extra break days and the Faculty Council implemented the weeklong
Open option freshman Ryan Frederick said he thought the break
comes “a week or two late.”
When CSU students return form the Thanksgiving break they will
have two weeks of regular classes left in the semester before