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          Recovery Act

          The Worst Case Scenario

          Ruchi Asher

          Issue date: 3/19/10 Section: Focus
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          It's incredibly tragic: spring break, once a shimmering beacon of hope, just beyond the horizon of midterms and assignments, has come and gone, leaving me and my fellow Case-ers back to wallow in homework-induced misery. It's not just that the professors are heartless; I legitimately worry that everyone on this campus has forgotten about what spring break is really all about.

          I get it - break is over, and although everyone politely asks about the experience, in general everyone is entirely too overwhelmed with just about everything else to really care. Remember all those obligations that seemed months away? They suddenly became obscenely timely from this side of break. I realize this is nothing new. Post-break depression has been around since spring break was invented, back in the days before sliced bread. It's a fact of academia, and having squandered my break on balancing inadequate amounts of relaxation and revision, I ought to be ready to face the consequences that lie in store.

          This year, I rebel. And I think the rest of the campus community should as well. It turns out that this week, the week proceeding midterm week, has indeed been more of an academic hell. And at this rate, if I continue rhyming I may even come up with a catchy slogan for a very simple request: we need another break. After the week of sunshine and smiles, we're hardly ready to be back at campus, tackling midterms, capstone projects, term papers, and extracurricular obligations all within the same week. Greeks, how much is Greek week killing your GPA? And why does every cultural or performance-based organization have their most significant events all in the same weekend? It's great that there is so much to do and be involved with on campus, but the first few days back from break require a buffer period, a time to readjust to the oppressive Cleveland fog, communal showers, public laundry rooms, and school work, let alone becoming reacquainted with friends and roommates.

          What I think would be more realistic is a recovery period. The amount of work that needed to happen in this first week back from break was obscene. Between writing applications and cover letters, sleuthing through libraries for information on Central Asia, and trying to decipher various systems of taxation, whatever little happiness I earned this break vanished as quickly as Kanye's public support, post-Grammys. I need a break from the post-break period.

          I'm sure others do as well. Remember how once upon a time, USG proposed that there ought to be a ban on work being due immediately after university holidays? While that idea may have vanished into the black hole of administration (I can't imagine that there wasn't enough student support for it), maybe we should try again. Spring break deserves to be more than a nice idea we once looked forward to, and a post-break break is the ideal way to appreciate this mid-semester gift.
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