WMU News

Annual event helps students gear up for finals week

April 16, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University students will get plenty of help gearing up for finals week during the 2000 Finals Finish from 8 p.m. to midnight Monday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 18, in the Student Recreation Center.

The program, which has a bike race theme this year, allows students to use the center as a late-night study and recreation area for the first two days of winter final exams. Partially funded by WMU's Campus Activities Board, it is being sponsored by the University's Presidential Spirit Committee along with several campus departments and employee organizations.

The Student Recreation Center will be offering students study rooms, a computer lab and open recreation facilities as well as snacks, massages, promotional items and prizes. The newest partner for Finals Finish is WMU's Waldo Library, which will be open until 3 a.m. on April 17 and 18.

"This can be a hectic, stressful time for students," says Amy J. Seth, director of University Recreation Programs and Facilities. "We want to help them review, relax and revive so they can successfully ride through the last finals week of the academic year."

Last year, more than 3,000 students participated in Finals Finish while 53 faculty, staff and administrators volunteered their time and 35 businesses donated their products and/or services.

Seth notes that the event, now in its fourth year, fosters spirit and pride on campus and has become a WMU tradition.

"Bronco Bash is our way of welcoming students back to campus at the start of each academic year," Seth says of the annual street fair held just before fall classes start. "Finals Finish, which enhances the educational process by providing a nurturing study environment, is our way of sending them off on a good note."

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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