Will SFU Students Ever Have a Spring Break?
It’s finally the middle of March ‘09 and for some, it’s also time for spring break. On March 17th, many students across British Columbia’s Lower Mainland are already enjoying their second day of bliss or boredom. Others eagerly anticipate their upcoming break, and still others sadly reminisce about theirs.
For the students of SFU (Simon Fraser University), the majority reminisce. Like UBC (University of British Columbia), the semester ends in early April. It is understandable that these students have an earlier spring break, or reading break as it is commonly called. But this is not the problem. Every SFU student envies a UBC one. The reason? Who would not envy having five days off?
The fact is, while their UBC equivalents enjoy a full five days of holiday, SFU students only have two – two short days that, when combined with extra homework, hardly feels like a break at all. Although UBC’s longer break means that their last day of classes is a week later than SFU’s, many students would rather have the longer break. Both UBC and SFU start the summer semester at around the same date. Unfortunately, SFU’s administration has held firmly against lengthening the break, arguing that it would take time away from the exam period and the break before summer semester. According to Sam Norris in SFU's newspaper, The Peak, “…SFU’s lack of a reading break has been an irritant to students since SFU opened in 1965.”
However, in 2010 the Vancouver Olympics will be here and SFU will be closed for two weeks. TransLink asked the university to close because of an anticipated transportation shortage. But if classes can be scheduled to make up for two missing weeks, surely it is possible to fit a reading break into SFU’s spring semester.