Thursday game alters travel plans
Posted October 12, 2011 at 11:59 pm in News
For decades, the Weekender has been a highlight of the USC football season, as students travel to Northern California to watch the Trojans take on the University of California, Berkeley or Stanford.
This year, however, the Weekender lost some attendees because the game against Cal is on a Thursday instead of the traditional Saturday. As a result, some students chose not to attend the Weekender because of Thursday and Friday classes.
Julia Kirchhofer, a sophomore majoring in history, said she would have headed up North if she didnât have a test.
âIâm a huge football fan and Iâve been looking forward to the Weekender since the summer, but it lands on a Thursday and Iâve got a midterm,â Kirchhofer said. âItâs really unfortunate.â
Jon Vidar, an adjunct instructor of journalism, said he was holding a midterm for his photojournalism class today, despite the Weekender.
âI am a USC alum and Iâve [been] on the Weekender and really enjoyed it,â Vidar said. âBut school should come first.â
Devon Graves, a senior majoring in philosophy, said he was looking forward to attending the Weekender for his first time, but cannot miss school for the game.
âItâs more of a âmid-weekerâ than a weekender,â Graves said. âIâve never been to the Weekender and I was really looking forward to going this year because itâs my last year at USC. But, as much as I want to, I just canât afford to miss class this week.â
Some students feel the Weekender is a valuable tradition that should be maintained, even if that means pulling all-nighters to write papers and cram for midterms.
Brittany Valiza, a senior majoring in communication, is flying to San Francisco just for the game and plans to return Friday morning.
âItâs a nice break to step away from academics and do something fun, but I do have midterms next week to study for,â Valiza said.
Kelly Austin, a junior majoring in communication, is excited to attend her first Weekender after transferring to USC, despite having to write two papers in advance.
âIâm so ready to finally see what the Weekender is all about,â Austin said. âIâm not going to let schoolwork stop me.â
Austin and her friends are taking a different approach and left Wednesday with plans to return Sunday, stretching the trip as far as they can.
âItâs not just about the game,â Austin said. âItâs about the social experience and having a blast. Iâm sure Iâll be seeing the game, but probably in a bar; I donât have a ticket.â
Regardless of whether students attend the Weekender for social reasons, the game or a combination of the two, finding a place to stay has been a challenge for many students because of a Nike Convention in Downtown San Francisco.
This yearâs game against Cal will be played at AT&T Park because of renovations to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. AT&T Park is closer to Downtown San Francisco than Berkeley, making it more difficult for students to find hotel rooms than in previous years.
âForget the hotels,â Austin said. âWeâre staying at a friendâs place in Berkeley and saving a boatload of money too.â