Students ready for rest, time with family during Fall Break

The air is colder and the leaves are more colorful, so every Marietta College student knows what that means - Fall Break or the four-day break is just around the corner.

The unusual October vacation goes from Oct. 11-14, and many of Marietta's students are more than ready for it.

Kent Reiber '10, of Avon Lake, Ohio, said he is "exhilarated" about the time off. "I can't wait to get back and see all my friends from home again. Plus I'm planning on getting a tattoo with Mike (Siringer) '10," a fellow Marietta student.

"But I wish it was on all weekdays, so that we really got four days off," Reiber said.

That sentiment is echoed by Julie Boyce '10 of Beallsville, Ohio, who also wishes the break fell on different days. "I think they should move it to the week of Thanksgiving. That way we would have all that time off and people who live far away could actually go home."

Boyce's reasoning may be the explanation as to why Marietta retains a Fall Break. According to Bruce Peterson, Director of Residence Life, said he has always been told that years ago, the school had a very large East Coast population and the break was a time for them return home for a break.

Whatever the reason for four-day break, no one seems to be complaining about the extra long weekend. While some students like Reiber may have something planned, many others are headed home to just enjoy the time off and prepare for midterms. Others may simply remain on campus to relax.

For those students staying on campus, Gilman Dining Hall will remain open though at reduced hours. Saturday through Tuesday, brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and dinner from 5-7 p.m. Izzy's and Gilman Express will be closed for the duration of the break. Normal services resume on Oct. 15.

Residence halls will operate as usual. Resident Assistant's will be on duty, as will Campus Police.