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OP-ED: I’m Taking Presidents Day off Because It’s What Van Buren Would Have Wanted


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As a citizen and a student, I am fed up with the University not recognizing Presidents Day. As a campus, we need to do a better job at honoring all of our past presidents. We need to think of those relegated to the margins of history, because, sure, Martin Van Buren might have had his birthday back in December, but that's no excuse for me not to skip my 9 a.m. on Monday.

Listen, I know we just had off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but I was really banking on the Eagles winning another Super Bowl so even more class would be canceled for the victory parade. The fact that we haven't had a snow day yet? Outrageous. How am I supposed to make it till Spring Break? 

I have a very demanding schedule, taking 5 credits with classes from Monday all the way to Thursday. The  very least this administration could do is give me another day off.