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A troubling fall break

We move into the halfway point of this fall’s theatrical performance of the 2012-13 school year. Fifty years of integration and a new football coach, record enrollment and an election year: This show has quite a bit going on. So if the whole world is a stage then why is intermission (fall break) not until three weeks before the show’s over until spring?
I understand we get the whole week off for Thanksgiving, but it seems like a misappropriation of off-days to lump them so close to the winter break. The worst part is that during those staggering nine weeks between Labor Day and fall break everything gets all jumbled up towards the end.
A sort of neurosis sets in that disables me where everything melts together into a word salad. I’m already starting to feel the symptoms: talking off topic, finding similarities based on word choice and not content, confusion, loss of motor functions, temporary paralysis during lecture, walking into the Tuesday class on Wednesday, excessive recreational activities and apathy toward the +/- system.
As we all know, the weeks in late October and early November just turn motivation and classroom performance to sludge. Most of us start slipping, breaking focus as we continue on like we’re marching through the Russian winter. Is it really worth it to have that whole Thanksgiving week off when the winter break is just around the corner? Would it be possible to cut down the fall break from five to just two or three days and shift those days around to sometime in October?
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I’m sure that people go home for Thanksgiving week and that extra time makes it enjoyable, less stressful, but to go that long without a break during the semester as we are getting our heads crammed with knowledge, does this not seem impractical? Very few of us can maintain that rigorous momentum from start to finish. For most, like myself, I just turn into an information blob trying to keep everything from becoming a cut-paste routine with tests and essays.
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Who will hear the poor’s complaints?

Daniel Purdy is an English senior from Oxford.