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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Not all Aggies get to go home for Thanksgiving

By Jake Ipson

November 24, 2008 | Many Utah State University students are getting excited for time off during the Thanksgiving holiday. Many students will go home and spend time with their family, eat lots of turkey, and enjoy playing and watching football. But what about USU students who can't make it home? What about students that don't even celebrate Thanksgiving?

USU is fortunate to have students from all across the world attending classes. Francisco Santos is a first year student at USU from the Dominican Republic, along with about 145 others, according to Francisco.

When asked if people from his country celebrate Thanksgiving, he said, "only people that have lived here (in America) will celebrate Thanksgiving."

According to Francisco, the Dominicans tend to make it home to their country about twice a year, once during the summer and one during the Christmas break. Francisco said he had an unusual schedule this year and will be making it home only once which will be during the Christmas break.

What will Francisco do during his Thanksgiving break? He said he is going to use the time to work on some projects for school.

As for Thanksgiving, all the international students have been invited to President Stan Albrecht's house. Francisco said he will be attending that event for Thanksgiving.

Francisco said he "definitely likes having the time off," and that he needs the time off. Besides being a full-time student at USU, Francisco also works part-time at the Aggie Marketplace on campus.

Whether this break is to celebrate Thanksgiving or not, it sounds like the break is coming at the right time for the students at USU. Francisco has earned some needed rest and hopefully other students will be able to relax and enjoy the time off as well.



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