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Fall 2014’s Big Change

Most UC campuses follow a quarter system, which provides students the ability to take more classes during the school year and have extended breaks. However, next school year, 2014-2015, all quarter system UC schools will start a week later on Oct. 2 — giving students two weeks of winter break, with the quarter ending on Dec. 19 and the winter quarter beginning on Jan. 5.


The schedule change was created in response to the conflict of move-in week with the Jewish High Holy Days, which include Rosh Hashanah. Many Jewish students and their families often had to make additional accommodations with the campuses, sometimes even leading to the inability of students to fully participate in the move-in week activities.

Since the announcement, many UC students have had a lot of mixed feelings about the changes. Most are frustrated with having a shorter break and have started an online petition through Change.org. Some students, including those who do not identify as Jewish, are praising the efforts of the UC system to accommodate the Jewish community.


My name is Geraldine Nicdao, a UC Santa Cruz '14 Banana Slug Alum. From day one, I was born and raised a U.S. Navy Brat and spent most of my life growing up in Japan. A few things that I absolutely love are steak, fashion, and travel. I am always striving to go beyond the cookie cutter and constantly defying everybody's expectations. One of my biggest accomplishments to date, would be finishing the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco 2013. Not many know this, but I also was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and so I've had my fair challenges balancing the life of a college student and the obstacles of health. My philosophy is: "work hard and play harder" because I believe that self care is important which includes rewarding yourself for the hard work that you do- "treat yo' self!". Looking at my Instagram will give you a bit of an insight to my fun and busy bee life. One of my current projects includes the #BangingBootyProject which is a document of my goals, efforts, and strides on my own health and fitness journey. Over the next few years, I am planning to pursue a second degree in Communications and PR/Marketing.
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