The Crusader Online: December 02, 2005 - Library to relieve finals stress

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Library to relieve finals stress
By Allison Martin Living & Arts Editor
Stressed about finals? The library is the place to go. The Blough-Weis Library will host a "Pre-finals Chill Out" Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event is open to all students and will include stress-relieving activities. For students who wish to take advantage of the extra study time, there will be tutors review sessions and extended operating hours. Also, the library, campus center and counseling center staffs have planned several activities for students who need a break before hitting the books. From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. students can get a chair massage, play poker, make a craft and enjoy refreshments in the library. Door prizes will also be awarded. From 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. the library will host the "Dewey Dance in the Library?" The dance, with music played by a DJ, will be held in the media center on the lower level of the library. The dance is one of the Counseling Center's series of "SoBe Sober" programs held this year. One change is cooperation with the counseling and campus center staffs to plan the event. Jody Hare, director of campus activities; Caro Mercado, director of first year programs; and Cheryl Stumpf, drug/alcohol counselor, worked with the library staff to plan the program. The biggest change is that all students are now invited to the event. In past years, the event was for first-year students only. "It was originally for first-year students as a way to provide stress relief to them before their first finals experience," Praul said. "Then we had requests from upperclassmen to open it to all students." Praul said the library holds this event as a service to students. It allows faculty and staff a chance to hold review sessions, provides students with extended library hours and also gives students access to tutors in math and world languages. Praul said the event has been, "very well attended," in the past. Approximately 70 students attended last year's event. The staff is expecting an increase in students attending the event now that it is open to all students and not just one class, Praul said. "We're happy with the turnout so far. We're hoping for more this year, but we're not sure how many," he said.


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