Event helps students through exams
April 19, 2006
KALAMAZOO--Campus and community volunteers will be helping Western Michigan University students get through their final exams during Finals Finish 2006 from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 24-25, in WMU's Student Recreation Center.
The free event, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, allows students to use the SRC as a late night study and recreation area for the first two days of spring semester final exams.
This year's theme, "Late Night With Finals Finish," was inspired by the TV show "Late Night With David Letterman." In keeping with the 2006 theme, there will be a humorous top 10 list of reasons why students attend the event.
"In reality, students attend Finals Finish for a variety of reasons," says Amy Seth, director of University Recreation at WMU. "But mainly they turn out to de-stress and take their minds off studying for a while. Finals week can be a pressure-packed time for students--whether they're experiencing it for the first or the last time."
Finals Finish helps students relax, refuel and revive by extending the SRC's hours and offering students snacks, study rooms, a computer lab and open recreation facilities as well as exercise classes, games, wacky contests and prizes.
Among the special free events planned for this year are chair massages, hip hop dance instruction, paper airplane races, dodgeball games, the Big Burrito Eating Contest and the Dance Dance Revolution video dance game.
The 2006 Finals Finish is being organized by the Presidential Spirit Committee with support from numerous business sponsors and WMU offices, faculty, staff, emeriti and alumni.
Seth notes that the event is a campus tradition that fosters spirit and pride. "It's one of the many ways we connect with students," she says, "and it's a chance for all of us to celebrate the end of the academic year."
Last year, more than 2,2,00 students participated in Finals Finish, while 48 members of the University community volunteered their time to help out and more than a dozen area businesses donated their products and/or services.
Volunteers are again needed to sign up on either Monday or Tuesday for a two-hour block of time from 6 to 8 p.m. or 8 to 10 p.m. During their shifts, volunteers work registration, greet students, serve snacks, monitor the study area, and issue recreational and fitness equipment. Those volunteering will receive a free Finals Finish T-shirt, as will donors who contribute $25 or more.
This year's event sponsors include Big Burrito, Coca Cola, Domino's Pizza, Fazoli's, FedEx Kinko's, K&S Vending Services, the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts, Kellogg's, McDonalds, Metro Transit, Miller Auditorium, Schafer's Flowers, Sweetwater's Donut Mill, U.S. Army ROTC, Yoplait and WMU Dining Services. Disc jockey services are being provided by Jerry Fulbright Jr.
To become a Finals Finish volunteer or make a financial contribution to help continue the event, visit the Web site at www.finalsfinish.wmich.edu or contact Sue Oole at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 387-3233.
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