By Tony Parra
The Thanksgiving break means time with family and friends, but for some members of the Eastern New Mexico University family, one of the elements will be missing for this year’s Thanksgiving break.
ENMU had 138 incoming first-year college students from the Clovis/Portales area and for them and the upperclassmen from the area. While these students have the luxury of a short trip to see family and friends this Thanksgiving, many students won’t.
“I’m from Farmington, but my parents moved to Wathena, Kan. during the year,” Bob Seyller, a Lincoln Hall resident assistant said. “I would have to drive for two days and spend only one with my parents and it would be to hard for me.
“It will be the first time that I won’t spend Thanksgiving with my family. I think my mom is worrying about it more than me.”
Seyller said that students are allowed to spend Thanksgiving break in the resident halls if they choose to at no additional cost. The cost for spending the Christmas break would be $25 a day — a housing contract only covers the period for which school is in session — and resident assistants would gather a count before the Christmas break of how many will take that option.
The ENMU student senate has brought to the forefront a proposal to increase the Thanksgiving break to a week instead of two days and consider it a “fall break” for students and faculty. The student senate approved the proposal, which was brought up by Associated Students of ENMU President Bob Cornelius and Seyller, a senate member.
“I would probably vote no,” said Ashley Maier, a freshman from Washington state. “I’m not going to be able to see my family for Thanksgiving this year. It will be the first time, but I’m going to spend it with a friend in Tulsa, Okla. I don’t mind not going home for Thanksgiving. I’d rather do that than come to school a week earlier.”
ENMU president Steven Gamble and the board of regents still need to pass the measure for it to become official along with the faculty senate.
“I’m definitely for it,” Seyller said. “It would give me a chance to visit my family, whereas this year I will not be able to.”
Wendel Sloan, on the other hand, will follow his Thanksgiving meal with a smorgasbord of sporting events in Dallas. Sloan, Eastern’s Director of News Services, will watch the Miami Dolphins play the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, a Dallas Stars-New Jersey Devils hockey game on Friday anda Dallas Mavericks-Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game on Saturday.
“I’ve been planning this trip for a month,” Sloan said. “I’m really excited. I will be able to spend time with my mom in Mesquite, which is a suburb of Dallas. I hope to see the Cowboys win. It’ll be the first time that I get to watch an NHL (National Hockey League) game.”