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Thanksgiving Means It’s Time for Travel, Turkey

By Beckett W. Sterner


Three days can seem like an eternity right before Thanksgiving break, made worse by the fact that many of us already have a ticket to freedom -- anywhere off campus.

Some had the foresight to buy early and cheap, while others are piecing together plans at the very last moment.

Margeaux S. Randolph ’04 is one of the unlucky ones stuck on campus. She said she was staying here because of a late attempt to buy tickets and the consequent lack of money to pay for them. Luckily for her, all of her work is due the Thursday and Friday of next week, so she said, “I’ll find some stuff to do.”

For some, the idea of Thanksgiving is deeply tied to the image of a juicy, lightly-browned turkey, while for others the chance to visit parents and old friends is just as valuable.

Heading home to New York early, Kelvin Chan G said that he has “tied up all the loose ends” and so will punt his full schedule of Wednesday classes and leave on Tuesday. In any case, he said that his family’s dinner will not be a traditional one: there will be no “getting up early in the morning to make the turkey,” although they have dinner together. Other than that, he said, the point of the weekend is “hanging around with old friends” around the city.

President Charles M. Vest will be among those heading away from MIT for the holiday. Vest said that there is “nothing like small grandchildren to make one thankful,” and that he is very happy to be visiting them over the holiday.

Along with children, however, he also said that “in our family, I revel in taking the major role in cooking the traditional turkey dinner, including my secret recipe for stuffing.”

Find an on-campus turkey binge

Often the sleepy, satisfied feeling of the holiday is made worse by Thanksgiving dinners the weekend before. Some dormitories schedule their special dinners for the Saturday and Sunday before the break, to make sure dinner is served before half the floor has departed.

Jean Marie Downing ’06 said that although she will not make it home this year, the dinner held by MacGregor’s E Entry was “a lot of fun. There was way too much food.” Often residents will make their own food, only to discover later that a smorgasbord of home-cooked food seems to inhibit productivity.

Downing said that while she planned to go out and enjoy Boston with some of her friends around the city, not making it home for Thanksgiving means that she will “have to come home for Christmas.”

Volunteering for the holidays

Ivana L. Sturdivant ’04 will go with her family on Thanksgiving day to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in her neighborhood. She said that for seven years, she and her family have helped to help prepare the food on Wednesday and then serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to the hungry. She also said that after such a long day they “just chill.”