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UNC Charlotte Changes Spring Break Dates, Student Starts Petition To Change Spring Break “Back To The Spring”
By ShanaRose Johnson
Charlotte, N.C. -- On Jan. 11, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Sharon Gaber released a statement to the Niner Nation with some upsetting news. Not only had spring semester move-ins been moved back to February, but spring break had also been moved a month forward from its original date.
Instead of starting on March 18, Charlotte’s spring break will now begin Feb. 18.
Not many students were happy to hear this news, among them Sophomore Nick Stone, who took his concerns to the next level by starting a petition on Change.org to move the break back to a later date.
“I think it’s inconsiderate to all the plans that people have already made that cannot be refunded,” he said. “Given its placement beforehand, it gives a break for students after midterms. But [moving it up] two and a half weeks past the syllabus week seems pointless.”
So far, over 1,900 students have signed to Stone’s petition. UNCC freshmen Olivia Fey and Lance Bumgardner both signed the petition after discovering it on Instagram and Facebook.
“I signed it because people have travel plans that can’t be cancelled last minute or rescheduled,” Fey said. “And we aren't going to need a break in February after being off for a month, we’ll need one in spring as originally intended.”
Bumgardner echoed similar sentiments about the change. “I think the break is too early and more kids will get burnt out later in the semester,” he said.
Both students agree that the change won’t necessarily affect COVID-19 case numbers at Charlotte.
“Most students won’t travel anyways [due to the pandemic],” Bumgardner said.
“Honestly, I don't see how the decision is going to affect covid cases,” Fey added.
On the other hand, Freshman Lily Boaz disagrees.
“I didn't sign it because I think it's more complaining and that I think signing it won’t do anything anyways,” she said. “I think the faculty and decision-makers here at UNCC are doing the best they can with how uncertain things are going right now.”
While students take their sides on the matter, the real question is what will UNCC’s response be?
In the original announcement to Niner Nation on the 11th, Chancellor Gaber stated that the school's Student Government Association overwhelmingly advocated having a break, especially after the fall semester’s end on Dec. 23. Schools such as NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and East Carolina University have already announced that they have canceled spring break.
“We understand that this revised schedule will require many of you to make changes to existing plans, and I can assure you these adjustments were not made lightly,” Gaber said. “However, they were made with the health and well-being of our community as our priority.” ●
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