In yesterday’s Michigan Daily there was a story about the amount of tickets sold for the Sugar Bowl on January 3rd, where our Wolverines will be taking on the Virginia Tech Hokies.
One of the issues brought up was that the students might not make it back in time from the game in New Orleans for the first day of classes January 4th. In certain classes, if the student does not attend the first two sessions they may be dropped from the class. Students are asking to be excused from classes that Wednesday, according to the Michigan Daily. One student went on to say:
“It doesn’t seem fair for students to be punished for supporting our team because due to circumstances beyond our control, our bowl is a night game the day before the first day of classes,” “The University should recognize the fact that kickoff of the Sugar Bowl is only 12 hours before classes start for winter semester.”
Classes should not be cancelled on the first day of the semester for the football game. There are many students who could not afford the trip to New Orleans and plan on attending class the first day. Also, students who go to the game are not being punished for supporting your team. One must simply contact the professor ahead of time and attend the second class. You will be dropped from the course only if you miss the first two weeks of class, not just the first. Students are not excused from class when there is three feet of snow on the ground putting many students and drivers in danger, like last February. Why should a relatively small number of students be excused for going to a football game?
By: Chris Swift
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