University cancels Wednesday classes before Thanksgiving

A University official confirmed last week that no classes will be held on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving during the fall of 2010.

University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said classes the day before Thanksgiving will not be held this year, but said she did not know specifically why the decision was made.

The announcement was a long time coming for many students interviewed, who said making travel plans for the holiday was complicated by the uncertainty of whether or not their professors would hold classes on that Wednesday. The day is one of the busiest travel days of the year in the U.S., according to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Most students interviewed said they were relieved that they could schedule their vacation plans with more ease.

“It is definitely a good decision,” sophomore Christopher Wong said. “I live too far away to go home, but I still travel, so it will make it easier to make those plans.”

Other students said they were glad they knew of the cancellation of classes now, so they can book their travel plans accordingly.

“Knowing beforehand, I could buy a train ticket earlier,” freshman Lauren Chassin said. “Even the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the tickets are sold out.”

Chassin said because she was unsure whether or not her professors would hold classes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, she made her ticket reservations later and was forced to take the bus home to New York, which was complicated and took longer than other forms of traveling.

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