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January 7, 2000

Senate to review length of winter break at January meeting

by Linda Charles
Faculty senators will debate expanding the break between fall and spring semesters from three weeks to four during the Jan. 11 senate meeting. Prompting the discussion is a recommendation by the University Calendar Committee to continue the current three-week break for 2003 through 2005.

Some faculty members have voiced support for a four-week break, both during the December senate meeting and through the "facultyvalues" e-mail group.

Reasons for a four-week break include:

Reasons for a three-week break include:

Tom Loynachan, calendar committee chair, said the proposed calendars for 2003-2005 are ready to present to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, though he would, with "some trepidation," take the calendar back to the committee if necessary. Senate president Dean Ulrichson said he won't know until after the senate meets whether the group actually will make a recommendation.

The senate meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in 260 Scheman. Check "Today's News" on Iowa State's Web site for next-day results of the meeting.

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