Lower Columbia College will be closed from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Eve, a measure that college officials are calling an “efficiency closure.” Vice President for Administrative Services Ellen Peres says that the closure will enable the college to save on utility costs for ten consecutive days, during a time when there’s usually a higher demand for heat and building lights. The fall term ends on Friday, December 10th, and winter classes don’t start until January 3rd. Staff will take vacation or unpaid leave for the four previously-scheduled work days. A new student orientation that had been planned for Wednesday, December 29th has been rescheduled for Monday, December 20th. Online registration and bookstore services will remain in operation. Students who are on the tuition payment deferment plan are reminded that they need to have their final payment on-line or in person in the Admissions Building by 4 pm on Wednesday, the 23rd.