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Dorm dwellers OK on campus over break

By Zach Colick
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, March 11, 2005
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While a majority of students will be leaving their residence halls to go on vacation or go home over spring break, some students and resident assistants are staying on campus.

Some students and RAs, however, did not have the means or did not want to go home over spring break and have decided to stay in their hall.

Adam Grochowski, an RA in Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, 610 N. Highland Ave., said he is staying in his residence hall "so it stays in one piece."

Grochowski, a material sciences and engineering junior, said while most students in his wing will be at home or vacationing over spring break, he is staying around to catch up on his studies and do his job as an RA by making sure those who are staying around are acting in a respectful manner.

"I'm a junior in the engineering college so I'll have a lot of studying to do," Grochowski said. "I'm sure I'll have to deal with student conduct when they come back from Mexico drunk over the weekend."

As a second-year RA, Grochowski said he will also stay around for students who do not have a means of going home or someone to hang out with over break. He said he might plan hall activities depending on how many students are staying.

Grochowski guessed 50 to 100 students would stay in Graham-Greenlee over spring break.

Prashant Raj, an RA in La Paz Residence Hall, 602 N. Highland Ave., said he will stay in La Paz over spring break since it is a good excuse to catch up on school work.

"You can do your work, look for a summer job or internship and relax without worrying about getting up early for your classes," said Raj, an engineering management senior.

Typical spring break activities like going to the beach and getting drunk do not appeal to Raj, who would rather stay focused on school and get ahead on his work load.

Instead of boozing and tanning on the beach with friends, Raj said he will interact with students who do not go home or vacation over break through hall activities and programs.

"Not a lot of students are staying over break, no more than 15 to 20," Raj said. "But we will come up with something. They will be fine."

Jasmine Bonner, a resident of Navajo Residence Hall, 1557 E. Sixth St., said she is staying in her residence hall for most of spring break because she does not want to go home to Phoenix and be around family.

"I don't like home," said Bonner, a psychology freshman.

With midterms and class projects looming after spring break, Bonner said studying for her exams and getting ahead with schoolwork are ways to keep busy and avoid being bored.

Josh Ghanooni, a resident of Manzanita-Mohave Residence Hall, 1000 N. Park Ave., said he is staying in his residence hall because he would rather save up money for a car rather than flying home for a week.

"There's no reason to go home if you don't have any money," said Ghanooni, a computer science freshman.

Though Ghanooni would prefer going home to Seattle to see family and friends, he said the break is beneficial because he can get ahead on homework and study for upcoming exams.

When Ghanooni has downtime from homework and studying, he said he plans on watching the UA compete in the NCAA basketball tournament.

"It'll be very boring in the dorms. It's going to be lonely," Ghanooni said.

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