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OMG: I love the idea of a Fall Reading Week, but I really don't want to start classes on a Thursday next year... I normally use that whole first week of September to get in an extra week of coop, so it'll kind of screw me up if they go with that proposed schedule.

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  1. For a full Fall Reading Week, they'd have to do more than take away 2 days of Orientation Week. That just gives them 2 days - they'd have to have Sunday exams AND cut back on pre-exam study days to get a full set.

    Not worth it.

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    1. I could live with Sunday exams if it got me a couple of extra days off during the term. Don't touch o-week (my summer vacation time!) or the exam study days though.

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    2. I wouldn't mind a fall reading week like McMaster has, they pretty much just have an extra long weekend (thursday/friday off)

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  2. Agreed. I've been an o-week leader for a couple years now, and I think the damage that would be done by further crowding an already crowded Orientation Week exceeds the good that would be brought by a couple days off in the middle of weekly midterms. Reading Week in the winter is always the most stressful time for me because all my profs assign double-length assignments and/or schedule midterms for the week right after it, claiming "I have a whole week to study."

    If FEDS wants to ask the university for Sunday exams so we can have a 4-day weekend around Thanksgiving, then that's cool I guess, but I don't know.

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  3. Info, for those who don't know what OP is talking about...

    1) The current schedule of classes has Orientation Week start on the Sunday before Labour Day (labour day = first Monday of September in case you're not from around here), and end on the Saturday after Labour Day, with classes starting on the second Monday in September.

    2) The proposed new schedule would start Orientation Week on the Saturday before Labour Day, end it on the Wednesday, and start classes (for everyone, not just frosh) on the Thursday of that week.

    3) The extra 2 class days this retrieves would likely go towards a 1-2 day break sometime later on in the term (i.e. a long weekend), though it could possibly also be used to avoid the situation we encounter once every 5 or 6 years around here where we either have to hold classes on a Saturday or run exams on December 24th.

    4) We run into this problem in a way other universities don't because of our 3 full terms of classes/co-op, and a requirement for some programs (*cough* engineering *cough*) that an instructional term include a certain minimum number of class days. That's why we can't just mimic some other schools, who start Orientation Week at the end of August.

    There, now you're better informed than you were a minute ago. :D

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    1. You left out the reason this is being proposed in the first place. Last March, the Feds General Meeting moved that it wanted Feds to work with the University to implement a Fall Reading Week, with a referendum happening this Fall to determine how students want it done.

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  4. Fall reading week is bullshit.

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  5. I just don't want to miss the autoshow, as reading week usually falls on the week CIAS is running.

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    1. lol, a problem that effects 0.001% of the Uwaterloo population

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  6. UW should have a referendum

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    1. It will! Feds is planning to hold a referendum on Fall Reading Week sometime this Fall. :)

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  7. You could just skip the first 2 days of school...

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    1. Yeah, by the time you're in 3A that'll just screw you over. Profs stop wasting time reading the syllabus on the first day, and just dive straight into crap.

      When I was in 3B Math, I missed the first 2 lectures of one of my courses. I was completely lost by the time I showed up at the third lecture, and wound up dropping the course for a WD a few weeks later.

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  8. Fuck a fall reading week! PUSSYS

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