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Residential Life Newsletter 11-15-12:Thanksgiving Break Special Edition

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/newsletters/news_Thanksgiving_special.html

 

November 15, 2012 Special Edition - Thanksgiving Break and Holiday Decorating 

  

Thanksgiving Break 

The residence communities will be locked for the break at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 21 and will reopen at noon Sunday, November 25.

 

Before You Leave be Sure To:

1. CLOSE and LOCK your windows.
2. Remove all room trash.
3. Return all To-Go Meal containers to the Carkoski Dining Hall.
4. Turn off the alarm on your clock.
5. Close your blinds if on the first floor.
6. Turn off and un-plug your computer and peripherals.
7. Turn off the lights.
8. CLOSE and LOCK your room door.

A staff member will be checking your room on Wednesday to help secure the building.  If policy violations are observed while staff are securing the building, staff will document the violation and will follow up when the resident returns.

 

If You Plan to Stay for Thanksgiving Break

Students may stay in their own rooms during the time the residence communities are locked.  For security reasons, students who want to stay on campus beyond 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 21 must register at their community front desk by Friday, November 16.  There is no charge to stay on-campus during Thanksgiving Break.  Anyone in the communities over break who did not register will be charged an administrative fee of $50 and may be subject to disciplinary proceedings.  During the break period all residence community and University policies remain in effect.

 

2012 Football Championship Division II Playoff Game on Saturday, November 24

Blakeslee Stadium will host the Mavericks and the winner of #5 Harding and #4 Northwest Missouri State on Saturday, November 24. Kickoff is at 12:00 p.m.

Residents staying or returning for the game should register to stay for Thanksgiving Break housing at their front desk by Friday, November 16 to be able to access the residence communities.

 

Holiday Decorating Guidelines

Decorations - A limited number of decorations may be placed on student room doors and in community lounges. Decorations must be made of materials that are fire-retardant or flame-proof. Decorations may cover up to 20 percent of the exterior surface of a student’s room door. Candles or devices with an open flame are a fire hazard and may not be used. Please note that public area decorations are limited to student room doors and community lounges so that the safety of residents, and their ability to respond to an emergency situation, is not compromised.

Lights - Holiday lights, including rope lights, may be displayed in student rooms and community lounges. The lights must carry the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label. Holiday lights may not be placed on any surface that has the capacity to carry an electrical current, metal door and window frames, as well as metal bed springs and lofts. Hence, holiday lights are not to be placed on any of these items. Holiday and rope lights should be plugged into a power strip that is in good working condition, has a three-wire plug (is grounded), and carries the Underwriter’s Laboratory label. Holiday lights should be unplugged whenever a room is unoccupied.

Trees - Artificial holiday trees may be placed in student rooms and community lounges. The trees, and their decorations, need to be made of fire-retardant materials. Holiday lights placed on trees need to carry the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label. Live holiday trees and holiday greens are a fire hazard and may not be used as decoration in the residence communities.

Menorahs - Electric menorahs may be placed in student rooms and community lounges.  Menorahs with candles are a fire hazard and may not be used.

All artificial trees, holiday lights, and decorations must be removed from public areas prior to the beginning of Winter Break.

If you have any questions or concerns about these guidelines, please contact the Department of Residential Life at 389-1011.

   

Winter Break

Winter Break begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 14.  The residence communities will close at that time.  Breakfast and lunch will be the only meals served on Friday.  There will be limited service available in the Student Union during the Winter Break period.  Students are advised to remove any valuables from their rooms for the duration of the break.  No students will be allowed access to the residence communities over break unless previous arrangements have been made with the Department of Residential Life.

A staff member will be checking your room during closing procedures to help secure the building.  If policy violations are observed while staff are securing the building, staff will document the violation and will follow-up when the resident returns.

The residence communities will open for spring semester at 8:00 a.m. Friday, January 11.  The first meal served will be lunch.

 

If You Need to Stay for Winter Break

Students returning to the residence communities spring semester may take advantage of break housing.  

You may stay in your own room during the break.  In order to do so, you must register with the Department of Residential Life by December 14. 

Residents of Crawford, McElroy, Preska, and Julia Sears

Register in the Residential Life office by Friday, December 7 to be eligible for the early sign-up rate of $300.  Those who register after December 7 pay $350.  

Residents of Stadium Heights

Register in the Residential Life office by Friday, December 14. The Winter Break fee has already been included in the Stadium Heights apartment rate, so there is no additional charge to stay provided you register for Winter Break housing by December 14. 

Students living in Julia Sears, Crawford, McElroy, Preska and Stadium Heights will be able to use their MavCARD to unlock specified doors in the the buildings.  Any student found staying in the residence communities during this period who has not made previous arrangements with the Department of Residential Life will be charged for the full rate plus an administrative fee and may be subject to disciplinary proceedings. 

 

Maverick 160 Meal Plan: Convert Meals to Flex Dollars

Students with the Maverick 160 meal plan may convert any of the 160 meals a semester into Flex Dollars at a rate of $5.10 per meal, twice a semester (by November 30 for fall semester).  Stop by the Residential Life office at 111 Carkoski Commons or convert meals to Flex Dollars online.

 

 

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