Dorms offer option for students to stay over break


Jake Bekemeyer

Thanksgiving break is right around the corner and a lot of students are heading home for the holiday, but for those who aren’t, NMU will have a few options and resources available over the break.

The dorms will close at 9 a.m. on Nov. 18 and reopen Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. Jeff Korpi, director of Housing and Residence Life, said the dorms used to see a lot more life over Thanksgiving break in the past but the number of students who choose to stay has gone down this year.

He added, staying on campus over break is as easy as going onto Housing and Residence Life’s web page and filling out the application before Nov. 17 by midnight.

Once students apply to stay in their dorms over the break, their ID card will work everywhere on campus that will be open, Korpi said. Aside from Cat Trax, which will be open from 3 to 10 p.m. until Nov. 17 and will resume normal hours at 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Nov. 26, all other university dining services will be closed from Nov. 18 to Nov. 26.

“The Marketplace will be closed for the entirety of break. The Wildcat Den will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,”  Korpi said.

He said in the past when classes were held until the Tuesday of what is now the week of Thanksgiving break, and the break itself was only a few days long, there would be a lot more students who would sign up to stay on campus.

“We usually see 100 to 150 students staying on campus now,” Korpi said.

The reasons students choose to stay on campus over break vary, he added. He explained a lot of students who sign up do so at the last minute and this is generally due to unexpected weather making driving unsafe.