Today is May 1, or rather, Labor day, the US analog. But here it is a chance to exalt work as an ethical (?) value, not to review inequalities at work nor to have street demonstrations.
Classes at Brown start on Wednesday September 1, but Monday September 6 is a holiday in the US (it's their version of May 1), complicating the schedule already in the first week. It's odd how the semester begins: three days of classes, and then immediately a long weekend. Why not start on Tuesday September 7?
I don't think it's by chance. The same thing happens every year in the local high school. It must be by design. But what's the reason?