By Cristina Barrera

Following midterm week and the passing of Halloween, the next holiday break is for Thanksgiving, giving students a week off from Nov. 21 to Nov. 26.

The Mount’s residence halls will be closed for the 2017 Thanksgiving break, starting Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. Before leaving, students must inform their RA of when they are leaving, take all valuable personal property with them (the college is not responsible for any theft or damage to personal property), close and lock all windows, make sure the shades/blinds are down, place garbage and recyclables in the trash room, turn off lights, and lock doors.

Residence Life staff will be checking each room for compliance of the check-out procedures. “I really like doing room inspections because it gives me a chance to make sure all the residents are living in a safe environment,” said Junior RA Kathryn Kerins. “I get to see all of my residents’ rooms and that is always a good experience because it sometimes help me better understand the type of people they are.”

For those who may not be able to leave campus for any particular reason, you can contact your RA and Res Life to take on further questions and information regarding staying on campus.

The Cafe, Henry’s Cafe, The View, and the DC Cafe will all be closing Tuesday and reopening Sunday, Nov. 26. They will be closing and reopening according to the following schedule:

  • The View and Henry’s Cafe will be closing at 9 p.m. and reopening Sunday at noon
  • The DC Cafe closes at 6 p.m. and reopens Monday at 9 a.m.
  • The Cafe closes Tuesday at 3 p.m. and reopens Monday at 7:30 a.m.

“Counting down the days to Thanksgiving break feels like forever, but once it’s around the corner all I think about is being able to relax all week,” said Junior Bridget Shannon.

The residence areas will reopen Nov. 26 at 12 p.m.; classes resume Monday, Nov. 27. Resident student ID cards will not work to go into buildings until campus reopens.

Feeling in the holiday spirit? Here are some tips for decorating that abide by the safety regulations:

  • Christmas lights of any kind are permitted
  • All holiday decorations must be fire safe
  • No live greenery allowed (includes Christmas trees or wreaths – artificial trees are permitted but cannot be pre-lit or have string lights on them)
  • No extension cords or candles
  • No chalking or spray snow on college-owned surfaces, including sidewalks, windows, etc.
  • Decorations should be confined to your room or common area (not permitted on window exteriors or door exteriors)
  • Be sure to take down holiday decorations before leaving for the winter break.