Winter Break Highlights

Claire Cen '26, Contributor

So, what happened over break? From box-office blockbusters to scandalous memoirs, this break has been memorable to say the least.

In a fiasco likely impacting some of the Loomis Chaffee community, Southwest Airlines had over 11,000 flights canceled due to, in a statement released by the company via Twitter, “Not enough people. Too many planes. Weather bad.” The incident has cost the company over 800 million dollars — almost enough to buy ten whole sandwiches and a soda at most domestic airports.

The long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar has been released, with a run time of approximately two days and three hours. Avatar: The Way of Water was applauded by critics for its underlying analysis of wealth and power in America. Additionally, the movie had a budget of over 460 million dollars.

The said budget was predominantly put into creating the stunning visual effects and lifelike graphics of the fictional planet Pandora. In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of Americans over age 13 reported the movie being the closest they had come to experiencing nature.

A house committee voted to release former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the public, and the report showed that he had paid $0 in the last year of his presidency. After more investigation, it was found that President Trump had done so by writing “You’re fired” on said return.

Finally, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released a Netflix documentary titled Harry and Meghan shortly before break (unavailable in the UK and Canada). The former Duke of Sussex alleged that his brother, Prince William, had screamed at him after the couple’s plans to depart from Buckingham Palace were finalized.

In response, the younger prince went on to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss the altercation, reducing the royal family to tears. To add fuel to the flame, Prince Harry also recently released an autobiography detailing his personal life growing up as a prince. Ghostwritten by John Moehringer and released by Penguin Random House, My Family Hurt My Feelings (alternatively, Spare) has set records for the fastest-selling nonfiction book of all time. 

Truly, these events have set the precedent for an extremely eventful Spring Break.