Relax into finals

NU students prepare for finals with activities all week

By Greg Jubert and Sarah Emmerling

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y.- From April 25-27, students were able to spend time with some furry friends on campus, as therapy dogs came to help students distance themselves from some of the stresses that come with the end of the semester. Anne Hart, who currently works as a volunteer at the Erie County SPCA in the Paws for Love program (and is a Niagara University alum), talked about the dog present named Carma and the purpose for being a part of Relaxation Week on campus.


“She’s a beagle-jack russell terrier mix, and we have been bringing her here since she was just a puppy about four years ago,” said Hart. “She loves it.”

“Our job is to go different places, to make people feel good and feel less stressed,” said Hart. After going through my four years at Niagara, I understand how stressful this time of year can be.”

In addition to therapy dogs, there are several other programs running in the last couple weeks of the semester to help students relax during the stress of final exams. For example, on Wednesday April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. outside of Seton Hall, there was a “Relax S’More” event, where students had the ability to make their own S’Mores. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Support, this event was the perfect way to enjoy some comfort food and usher in the summer season.

On Saturday April 29, there will be a “Peace Out Cookout” from 2 to 5 p.m. outside O’Shea Hall sponsored by Residence Life and NUSGA. There will be food trucks and games, including bubble soccer, human Foosball, and a bungee run.

There will be a stress-relief event running at the Castellani Art Museum on Tuesday May 2 and Wednesday May 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. called “Spring Study ’n Chill”. This event offers lawn games, yoga, coloring, music and meditation. There will be a cookout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days for which students can pay a dollar to get a hot dog. Students are encouraged to find a peaceful place to study at the event or even just to take a break and enjoy the nice weather.

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