Thanksgiving in Corvallis

Morgan Grindy

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and unlike the lengthy break we get for the winter holidays, classes will continue up until the day before. While Thanksgiving break is only a few days of freedom, most students are able to make it home for the long weekend. However, if home for you is more like a plane, train and a long car ride away, or your planning on being in Corvallis for the infamous Civil War game on Nov. 23, there are plenty of accommodations Oregon State University (OSU) provides for students staying on campus, in addition to events going on around town.

Staying in a vacant dorm building might be first on the list of things you don’t really want to do or for some maybe that sounds like an adventure. Regardless, for students staying in the dorms over the break, Resident Advisors (RAs) will remain on campus and in the buildings. Residential Directors (RDs) will also remain in the building. You may not get your chance to throw a Thanksgiving-themed dorm party, but if anything goes wrong they will be there to help.

On Thanksgiving, which falls on Thursday, Nov. 22, this year, your feast may not need to be chips and some microwavable noodles. According to University Housing and Dining Services, Arnold Hall will be hosting an “open dinner for Thanksgiving. It’s open to all students, as well as the public, and we will be serving Thanksgiving food to all of those who would like to join!” The dinner is optional, but it’s one way you can still get some mashed potatoes and gravy. Plus, it can be paid for with dining hall money on your student ID card.

Arnold Hall will remain open, with adjusted hours, over the break. Other dining halls will not remain open, but local restaurants and grocery stores will stay open, excluding Thanksgiving Day. On Friday, Nov. 23, at 1:00 p.m. the Oregon State football team will be playing against the University of Oregon football team in their annual Civil War game. The game will be played at Reser Stadium this year and tickets will be upwards of $2.

To put an end to the long weekend, the annual Corvallis Community Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 7:00 p.m., and will be “complete with music, floats, hot chocolate and more,” according to The parade will travel down Fourth Street from Washington Avenue to Jackson Avenue and “A celebration of songs and lights will follow the parade at the Benton County Courthouse.” It’s a chance to welcome in the holiday season!

If you will not be traveling home for Thanksgiving, Corvallis and Oregon State University have your back! It’ll be a big weekend for the OSU football team, and a perfect weekend to give thanks.


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