Students “protest” elimination of spring break
The imaginary beach day drew sympathy, not scorn, from winter-weary administrators at the eastern Pennsylvania school. They set up a Tiki bar with an inflatable palm tree in the campus food court to serve nonalcoholic drinks. The drinks were served with the requisite paper umbrellas.
Protest organizers Thoai Luong and John Cronce, both 20 and from Easton, were a bit disappointed in the turnout. The event only drew 15 people, mostly male. But they said those who joined in were having a blast.
"Most of the campus is looking at us like we're nuts," Cronce told the Express-Times. "It would be nice if there were more girls."
The food court also featured a plastic kiddie pool and a pingpong table, where college President Mark Erickson played against the students. Erickson wore sandals, an orange polo shirt, madras shorts and a lei. But he stashed a suit in his office for some afternoon functions.
However, all the festivities couldn't change the still-chilly weather in Bethlehem — or the fact that a weeklong vacation was nixed.
Holding a beverage from the Tiki bar, student Efrain Lopez told WFMZ-TV: "The drink's nice, but I'd rather be on spring break."
Critical thinking challenge: The turnout was disappointing in two ways. What were they?
- Posted on March 21, 2014
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