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Over the years, holidays have become big for college students. They are a chance for the students to stretch their legs out and take a break from the stress of class work and organizational duties. One of the biggest holidays amongst college students today is spring break. Spring break is an entire week away from school at the start of the spring season where most college students find places to travel to and have what some may consider the “time of their lives”!
This year’s spring break for SFA students included a wide variety of locations. A few of the chosen vacation spots were: South Padre Island, Panama, FL, Galveston beach, Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, and last but not least, Miami, FL. These are a few of the hot spots chosen by SFA student to spend this year’s spring break. Of this list, Miami Beach and South Padre Island were the two hottest picks for this holiday this year.
Along with this holiday however, comes something else. That something else consists of worried and concerned parents. A large amount of parents become worried about all of the dangers and troubles that their children are capable of getting into at this particular time of year. They know that their children may be exposed to sexual activity, alcohol, and possibly even drugs of some sort. This sends some parents into a state of emergency and they attempt to keep up with their children’s every move when in reality this is physically impossible. They sometimes go to the extreme of putting tracking devices on their children’s phone. Other times they just result to simply getting all information to the student’s whereabouts. This could be information such as phone numbers for everyone they will be with, the address and phone number to the hotel, and frequent calls to check-in. Although this seems like a bit much, it all seems necessary to the parent in order to insure the safety of their child.
But parents have every right to be worried. Over the years as this holiday grew larger so did the amount of dangerous activity involved with it. From things such as people stealing gas from other cars to people carrying guns and being under the influence of drugs, spring break vacations have become more and more dangerous. There were many reports of deaths that actually happened this spring break already. One of which took place in Panama, FL. where a 24-year-old man was found in his room unresponsive and later died. He was said to have been drinking the night before and returned to his room to have more drinks with friends but they were unable to wake him up the following morning.
Another incident took place in Houston, TX where three young men were killed at a gathering titled “The Mansion Party” after a minor altercation. For these reasons, parents become more worried to allow their children to travel long distances away during the spring break.
But despite these worries, students still make a way to enjoy themselves while at these different vacation hotspots. There is always lots of live music and dancing, parties and event and other things such as parades which take place. Many times students receive souvenirs like cups, bracelets, and the most popular souvenir, neck beads. And of course bathing suits and beach studs are always in full effect. I spoke with many students who claimed to have had “the best spring break ever”. Others said it was “a relaxed and much needed vacation”. They had many stories to tell and they all had different twists on them.(sb2k12) Whatever your preference, I’m sure that your spring break was a good one. From the good to the bad, no two spring break stories will ever be the same!
Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving Americans camp outside of Wal-Mart, sleep in front of Target, and wait in lines that wrap around the mall in hopes to catch great deals on retail items.
No, Black Friday is not a registered holiday. Door busting deals on clothes, appliances, and electronics sounds like Christmas in November.
Black Friday is a term used to describe the beginning of the holiday shopping season where retailers make the transition from ”red”, which is a business term that describes a negative profit margin into “black which reflects a companies gain in profit.
Great deals are advertised, for example a 50-inch high definition flat screen televisions would be advertised for $500 and a fully loaded X-Box systems for $100. The question has been asked by consumers, does Black Friday really give customers a deal on items or is this just an advertising strategy used to get customers into retail stores?
The reason retailers can give away these discounted items is because the items start to lose value the longer they remain on the shelves in the store. The items then become discounted, which is pleasing to the customer and also helps companies get rid of excess revenue.
According to ShopperTrak.com — the world’s largest provider of retail and mall foot-traffic counting services — Black Friday sales increased 6.6 percent over the same day last year. This represents $11.40 billion in retail purchases and the biggest dollar amount ever spent during the day. Retail foot-traffic rose accordingly, increasing by 5.1 percent over Black Friday 2010.
But as the saying goes, “all great things come at a great price.”
On Black Friday there were many reports from CNN, The New York Times, and the Associated Press of children getting hurt in the large crowds of deal seekers across the country, also parents getting maced and taken to the ground by police officers in California.
CNN reported that Los Angeles police said a southern California woman turned herself in to authorities as the mace sprayed video-game shoppers in a Walmart during Black Friday’s shopping frenzy. The woman has not been charged because detectives are continuing their investigation into the incident that required firefighters to treat 10 people for exposure to pepper spray, authorities said. The woman’s name wasn’t released Saturday, police said.
“We have her identity and we know who she is and where she is at. When appropriate action needs to be taken, we know where to find her,” said Officer Bruce Borihanh, a police spokesman. “She’s a suspect, but she’s not booked or anything, so we’re not releasing her name.
Are these deals worth the threat that comes along with the discount?
According to a police report, Lufkin police responded to a call about a car being shot at while parked in the 4600 block of Medford drive. The report states an SUV back window was shot at while the owner of that SUV was shopping at the Lufkin mall. Reported by KTRE in Lufkin, TX
Whether it’s for the deals or the trills people continue to shop. www.thestreet.com says that the United States is projected to have spent $465.6 billion in total holiday sales this year. Out of all shoppers in the U.S 28% believe the best holiday deals starts on Black Friday.
Online shopping is a major epidemic that make buying items that much easier. www.2011blackfridayads.com is the official Black Friday site for 2011 customers can go this website and look up all the deals in the area ahead of time, print off coupons and take them into the stores for even more savings.
The holiday season is approaching quickly, as the street reports shopping will be at a yearly high in December. But for most, the money and chaos is worth it to get that special gift for a loved one.
The annual SFASU Holiday Extravaganza took place Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6 p.m. outside the Austin Building and in the Baker Patillo Student Center. The event, attended by students, faculty, staff and community members, drew a large crowd to experience holiday music, crafts and snacks.
The event is planned by the Residence Hall Association every year. RHA President Alonzo Brooks acted as master of ceremonies for the event.
During the event, the SFA Children’s Choir performed for the audience. Their rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas” gained enormous applause.
The SFA Madrigal Choir, made up of stellar performers from the Vocal department, performed their versions of beloved carols. One such song was “Deck the Halls.”
Dr. Baker Pattillo gave a short speech to the attendees, giving thanks for the semester. Despite budget cuts, “the university has been able to keep on all staff and faculty – not one employee has lost their job because of it,” said Pattillo. He also added his thanks to the new freshman center, Lumberjack Landing, and the Ed and Gwen Cole Student Success Center. He hopes that the center will help students have a successful career at SFA, and help to retain good academic standing for freshman students.
Pattillo also wanted to give thanks to the Lumberjack football team in retrieving Chief Caddo from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches on November 19, keeping the over 7 foot tall statue for another year.
Most of all, on behalf of the students at SFA, Pattillo was thankful that the semester was coming to an end and wished the students luck on exams. “Hopefully your professors will be in the holiday spirit as well as they give their final grades,” said Pattillo.
Then Pattillo announced a special guest, and an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus brought smiles to everyone. After a brief “Happy Holidays” from Santa, Patillo flipped the switch and all the Christmas lights turned on around campus.
The giant Christmas tree was lit in front of the Austin building, marking the start of the holiday season on campus. The SFA Maintenance team spent the past few weeks putting up all of the lights on campus, which is no easy feat. The lights donned the building surrounding the SFA Commons in front of the student center, as well as the trees on the sidewalk. Overall, it was a vision of holiday cheer.
Santa then led the march toward the student center, where the rest of the festivities were held due to the chilly 35-degree weather.
Free pictures with the Clauses were provided from RHA. The line wrapped around the hallway, and children and SFA students alike were happy to get to sit on Santa’s lap for a photo opportunity.
“We stocked up on printer ink just for these photos,” said Gennie Lynn, Residence Life Program Coordinator and RHA Advisor. “I hope we got enough, the line looks pretty long!”
Aramark provided the annual hot chocolate and cookies for the entire crowd, giving a bit of warmth to the people who had been standing outside in the cold.
“I’ve come to this every year I’ve been here,” says Ryan Landrum, Copperas Cove Senior. “I like to get in the holiday spirit and the hot chocolate and cookies help.”
Many SFA organizations set up booths with holiday treats and crafts. The Lumberjack Village RHA handed out chocolate-covered wafers and dipped crackers to passerby. Candy canes were dispersed to children who craved a taste of the holidays.
Young and old made paper snowflakes, decorated pine cones, made reindeer with popsicle sticks, and had a ton of fun. Face painting was also provided, and the artists were definitely in the holiday spirit.
All in all, the Holiday Extravaganza was a delight to the many who attended. If you didn’t get a chance to make it this year, look forward to next November!
It has finally arrived! The first and only break of the semester… Turkey Day. Most of the students at SFA have been not-so-patiently waiting for this much needed break from their work-load. As classes wrapped up on Tuesday, many students packed their bags (which probably mostly consisted of dirty laundry) and headed home for the holiday.
Which ever way students decide to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is a time when they can take a few days off of their grueling class schedule and enjoy time with family and friends. Many students travel to be with their loved ones, but some choose to stay in Nacogdoches.
“This semester has seemed really long. I feel like I have been going to class non-stop for forever,” said Houston senior Bianca Sullivan. While it may have only been nearly three months, it is a long time when you are repeating the same routine over and over. “I just can’t wait to hop in my car and head straight down 59 to see my family. I have really missed them because I have been so busy this semester I have not had the chance to make it home for a visit,” she added.
Some students and their families will enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving menu - turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole, dressing, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie…all served with a side of cranberry sauce of course- and some will opt for an alternative.
“Nobody in my family really likes any of the Thanksgiving foods, so every year we pick a theme and go with that,“ said Jacksonville sophomore Steven Waters. “We have done Chinese and Italian in the past, and this year I think we are going to go with Mexican food… which should be interesting because I can’t recall my mom ever cooking anything Mexican-like,” he joked.
The history of Thanksgiving traces back to the colonial times. Most people know the “story” of how the Indians and Pilgrims came together and had a large feast of turkey, dressing and corn. That seems to be the fairytale version anyway. The real story is a little different, and it is probably true that nobody will ever know exactly what happened on the first Thanksgiving Day.
So the story goes: In 1621 the Wampanoag Indians shared a fall harvest meal. From then on, for the next two centuries, different days of Thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies. In the middle of the Civil War, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared that Thanksgiving would be a national holiday that was to be celebrated in November.
Lufkin senior, Paul Bradley, said that his favorite part of the holiday was the food. “I get to go to both of my grandmother’s houses to eat. I know the holiday is really about the hisoty of our country… but I like eating more than I do learning about history,” he said.
James W. Baker, Senior Historian at Plymouth Plantation, said, “The reason that we have so many myths associated with Thanksgiving is that it is an invented tradition. It doesn’t originate in any one event. It is based on the New England Puritan Thanksgiving, which is a religious Thanksgiving, and the traditional harvest celebrations of England and New England and maybe other ideas like commemorating the pilgrims. All of these have been gathered together and transformed into something different from the original parts.”
Whatever the reason you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is simply a day to get together with family and loved ones. And the focus of the day is something everyone enjoys….food! So grab a turkey leg and a piece of pumpkin pie, and enjoy your family, and do not forget to give thanks for the many things that give you joy.