Volume 95, Issue 79
Thursday, February 21, 2002
'Reading' week: more party, less read
Students plan to study fine art of 'partying down'
By Chris Webden
Hot or cold, east or west, home or abroad it seems many Western students want to spend their reading week anywhere but here.
Among those lining-up at Travel Cuts in the University Community Centre to escape their university woes was Kyle Cashin, a third-year geography student, who is heading to the mile high city of Denver, Colorado. "I am going to visit some friends and probably catch some hockey games," he said.
Aimee Durand, a second-year health science student, is also getting out of town. "I am going to Puerto Plata with my mom and a friend," she said. "I can't wait to spend some time just relaxing on the beach," she added.
Jinder Gill, a psychology graduate student, is going to Boston to visit family, but she doesn't seem to be too excited about it. "I wish I had have gone south when I was an undergrad, when it was cooler and hipper I would have liked to party," she explained.
According to Iveth Sotola, a travel consultant at Travel Cuts, heading south to party seems to be how most students want to spend their vacations.
"This is our busiest month of the year," she said, adding the most popular destinations are Daytona, Acapulco and Cancun. "We have had long line-ups every afternoon for the last couple of weeks, but things will slow down once reading week is over," she said.
The Cottage Tanning Company is also enjoying the vacation rush as many students seem to be artificially building up their tans before they fly south.
"We have seen about a 25 per cent increase in the last week," explained Linda Snell, Cottage Tanning manager.
While the break is officially called 'reading' week, most students aren't planning on doing any such thing.
"I am not going to do any reading at all," said Jennifer Chan, a first-year kinesiology student. "I am just going to relax, I deserve it."
Unfortunately, not all students are able to escape to a sunny land of no responsibility.
"I am just going home," said Kaleena Pettigrew, a first-year arts student, who is heading to Brantford. "I have some work to do, but I am only going to do it on the train, so I may not get it all done."
No matter where the destination, students were able to get some helpful tips at the Student Health Services Travel Tips booth in the UCC atrium.
Crista MacDonald, a third-year health science student working the booth, said "the most important tip I can give students is wear sunscreen."
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