GVL / Sara Carte
Grand Valley students walk to class on Oct. 14. The dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pushing for a Fall breather weekend of no school work.

Taking a break

Fall is characterized by the changing leaves, trips to the apple orchard and often, illness and fatigue from heavy course loads. From Labor Day to Thanksgiving, students at Grand Valley State University attend classes for 11 and a half weeks without an official break.