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Editorial: Remember many at Ohio University will celebrate Hanukkah next week

Hanukkah starts Sunday.

Finals are horrible for everyone, professors included.

Next week, that blow will be slightly worse for some, as Hanukkah, a holiday typically spent with family, will more likely be spent in Alden with a grande black coffee. The holiday starts Sunday night and runs through Dec. 14.

We hope those at Ohio University, both students and professors, recognize that some of us will have more important things on our minds than studying for or grading exams next week. Hillel at OU estimates there are more than 200 Jewish households in Athens and about 600 Jewish students enrolled at OU. For them, a much-anticipated month off for the holidays comes a week too late.

Yes, patience often doesn’t come easy during finals week. We get it. It’s stressful. But, professors might want to refrain from piling on exams, papers and lab reports to allow students to have time to celebrate. And for students, don’t freak out when a professor doesn’t email you back within seconds to answer a last minute exam question. They deserve time to celebrate the holidays, too.

It’s not OU’s fault that finals fall this time of year — we’d probably hate finals regardless. Still, it never hurts to recognize that some faculty members and students shouldn’t have to take away from reflection or worship entirely to hit the books.

So, professors: If a student emails you that a final project might come a little bit late because they’re celebrating the holidays, cut them some slack. Students: If a professor doesn’t respond because they’re enjoying a moment of spirituality or reflection, calm down.

Happy Hanukkah.

Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Post's executive editors: Editor-in-Chief Emma Ockerman, Managing Editor Rebekah Barnes and Digital Managing Editor Samuel Howard. Post editorials are independent of the publication's news coverage.

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