Of all the things to be grateful for here at Claremont McKenna College, one of them is the cornucopia of activities available to those of us left here over break. Whether you live too far from home to jet back for Aunt Janie’s pumpkin pie (or something on campus is just too enticing to miss out on), never fear. Your loving Claremont community would never let you down. For you campus devotees, CMC has planned plenty of events on campus to celebrate Turkey Day.
The Center for Civic Engagement, for one, is planning a service trip for those remaining on campus. The center will be “going to St. Ambrose Church in Claremont to serve community members in need, with an emphasis on the homeless,” explains Monica Cason ’14. “Students will have the opportunity to pass out food, interact with people, and participate in activities for the children,” she says. The trip will be meeting at the Center for Civic Engagement office across from the Hub at 9:30am on Thanksgiving Day and returning to campus around 1:30 pm.
For your own consumption needs, too, the Center for Civic Engagement has organized a Thanksgiving meal at Harvard Square Café at 5:00 pm, which will be subsidized to $10 or less. Cason describes it as “a delicious all-inclusive traditional Thanksgiving meal, a great way to hang out with people still left on campus, and way better than Easy Mac alone in your room.” The center will also be planning various activities throughout the day ranging from games of Apples to Apples to watching old movies. Collins Dining Hall will also be open throughout the break and will host a combination brunch and Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.
Should you get into any holiday shenanigans, refer to Dean Eric’s list of on-duty RAs (found in your inbox). Remember, too much tryptophan can spell disaster. Well, not really. Just a long, long nap.
While much of CMC’s student body will be gone for the holiday, I have some words of advice for those sticking around campus – relax, enjoy each other’s company, and eat great food. The break presents a great way to give back to the community at a time meant for giving thanks. A subsidized turkey-licious feast won’t hurt either. Happy Thanksgiving!
Editor’s Note: This article was updated on Monday, November 24 at 2:30pm.