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    Students take week off from books

    Spring Break 2003 is on the horizon, giving Mississippi State
    students an opportunity to close the books and relax in a variety
    of ways. Whether they take a trip to the beach, the mountains,
    their hometowns or even just stay in Starkville to sleep, students
    are ready to forget about the hassles of school and, as commonly
    reported, “chill, party and sleep late.”
    According to a survey of 110 MSU students, 49 say they are just
    going home for the holidays, too weary from schoolwork to worry
    about planning a trip.
    “I’m so tired of school. It has worn me down so bad I don’t even
    feel like going anywhere but home to sleep,” junior David Brown
    said.
    Freshman Shera Allen agrees: “I’m going home to rest and be with
    my family.”
    Senior Chris Tyler claims the grimmest of Spring Break plans:
    “I’m not going anywhere. I’m having my gall bladder removed.”
    On a lighter note, 61 students reported that they will travel
    this Spring Break, and 33 shared a common destination–Florida.
    “I’m going to Destin to shop and lay on the beach,” freshman
    Gina Applewhite said. “The beaches in Mississippi are just too
    dirty.”
    Travelchannel.com lists the top 10 spring break destinations
    each year, according to student travel surveys and business growth.
    Key West, Daytona Beach and Panama City, Fla., make the top 10,
    with Panama City coming in as the No. 1 college student Spring
    Break destination.
    Panama City offers 18,000 rooms for Spring Break each year and
    usually sees them booked completely at peak travel times. According
    to StudentCity.com over a half-million college students reported
    visiting Panama City during Spring Break last year.
    There are also plenty of options besides Florida for those
    wanting a unique break from Starkville.
    “I’m going to Atlantic Beach off the coast of Georgia,” senior
    Sally Tumlinson said. “There is horseback riding and it’s away from
    the family. I’ll stay as long as I can.”
    The destinations continue west as well. South Padre Island,
    Texas, ranks as the fourth most popular destination among college
    students for Spring Break retreats. South Padre Island boasts 34
    miles of fun in the sun.
    South Padre also has an internationally recognized tequila bar
    at Padre Contina, not to overshadow the Charles Paradise Country
    Club that features a mind-whopping 24 bars and 11 dance floors.
    Inclined for international pleasure? South Padre Island is only a
    30-minute drive from the Mexican border.
    “I’m heading to Mexico,” senior Ricky Caraway said. “I’m making
    the drive with a few buddies and honestly don’t know when we’ll
    come back. But one thing’s for sure–Cancun is going to be rocking
    when we get there.”
    Many students found packages that offer the famous (possibly
    infamous) “all you can drink for a week” special for travel
    destinations in Mexico. These packages usually run for around $150
    and include cover charges to most clubs in the city. Cancun will
    host the Tommy Hilfiger Model Search with special guests to be
    announced. MTV will be alongside with the annual Reebok ‘Hard Body’
    Contest for two days each week of Spring Break.
    Jennifer Plum, of Travelchannel.com, reminds students to “always
    be smart and careful in Cancun. And don’t forget: what happens in
    Cancun, stays in Cancun.”
    A more tropical retreat that has grown in popularity over the
    years is the Bahamas. Over 700 islands make up the Bahamas, and
    they are spread across 100,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean
    between South Florida and Hispaniola.
    “I’m getting a trip planned for me and some friends to the
    Bahamas,” senior Clay Parker said. “I’ve been before, and I promise
    the things I do remember about that trip were awesome. It’s time to
    do it again. I hope I’m back to finish the semester though.”
    The Bahamas’ main attractions can be found on the aptly named
    Paradise Island, where casinos and clubs glitter the island
    nights.
    Wherever students desire to go, the easiest method of planning
    can be found on the Internet.
    A few of the top listed sites for reservations and destination
    status can found at: www.springbreak.com, www.springbreaktravel.com
    and www.spring-break-party.com. These Web sites include hotel
    information, basic prices for packages and entertainment events
    that are scheduled. For the complete list of the Top 10 Spring
    Break Destinations, visit www.discoverychannel.com.
    The MSU academic calendar officially lists the beginning of
    Spring Break 2003 at the end of class day on Friday, March 7.
    Classes will resume Monday, March 17.

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