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Sand, sun and surf? Not for Northampton Community College students

Sand, sun and surf? Not for Northampton CC students

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - The Northampton Community College campus is usually quiet during spring break, but this year, the campus is bustling with students.

"Unfair in a way, cancel those vacations, reservations we actually made," said Luisa Samayoa, a student.

The college called off spring break because of all the class cancellations brought on by the winter storms. So instead of going to the beach, some brought the beach to Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co.

"Since we don't have anything to do, come in here dressed in beach attire, kind of like a protest, to get the word out to say why would you take spring break from us," said Thoai Luong, protest organizer.

Even the administration got in on the act. College President Mark Erickson played ping pong with students and even ordered umbrellas for the drinks at the bar, which was a juice bar, of course.

"We're trying to make the best of what's a pretty challenging winter that we've had," said Erickson.

Reviews were mixed.

"The drink's nice, but I'd rather be on spring break," said student Efrain Lopez.

"Getting out of the same routine is kind of relaxing and makes you feel a little bit better," added Samayoa.

But it does beat the alternative.

"I would probably be at home right now laying in bed doing nothing," said Luong.

Students hope next year, instead of enjoying mocktails, they will be able to enjoy a little time off.

"It's a fun thing. I mean they made the best of it," said Lopez. "That's all you can do."

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