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Students and faculty have suggested to the university that instead of having two weeks of school after Thanksgiving break and before Christmas break, school should start two weeks earlier and Thanksgiving week should be the first week of Christmas vacation. This would not only allow students to save money on plane tickets and allow more students to be home for Thanksgiving, it would also severely reduce our carbon footprint as an institution. Having students leave campus two weeks earlier means that the electricity to all of the dorms could be shut off 3 weeks earlier. It would also save the carbon from all the students who will travel home twice in such a short amount of time.
Hopefully Santa Clara will consider making the changes that other universities have so that we can start school a little earlier and end the quarter before Thanksgiving.