The University Student Union (USU) is hosting an ‘Up All Night’ event during finals week in which they strive to create a comfortable studying atmosphere for students on campus.
‘Our main focus is academic success,’ said Hamid Jahangard, Program Coordinator for major events in the USU.’ ‘This event started about six years ago. We saw a need for this, so as a union we thought we should get involved.’
The events, hosted by the USU during finals week, are split into two parts and will take place from Thursday, Dec. 11 to Tuesday, Dec. 16. The morning half, which is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is in both the USU and the Satellite Student Union (SSU). Meeting rooms will be available for students to use as study rooms. The union is also giving out free study kits that consist of scantrons, pencils, pens, and candy.
The other half of the event at the SSU, which is located by the dorms at the corner of Lassen and Zelzah Avenues, will feature 24-hour study rooms available to students with crafts set up for a little break from studying. Also, every night the union will be giving out free dinner to 100 students from restaurants such as Chipotle, Pizzasaurus Rex, McDonald’s, and Subway.
‘We want to provide an opportunity to study and get away from studying,’ said Jahangard.
For a break from studying during the weekend, the USU will collaborate with the Union Program Council, and show a free screening of the film ‘Pineapple Express,’ from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Sunday, Dec.14 in the Shoshone Room in the SSU.
To relieve physical stress, one night during the event, there will be a relaxation therapist available for a 25-minute relaxation exercise to rejuvenate students before they get back to studying.?
The massage therapist of the Klotz Student Health Center will also be giving free five-minute massages to students. These will take place every night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This isn’t the only service offered by the health center, as there are many different aids available to promote student health in such a stressful environment, such as the atmosphere of finals week.’ Sharon Aronoff, Health Educator for the Klotz Student Health Center, said the health center will be available during regular business hours.
‘It is important that students know that we are available to them not only during finals week, but all throughout the semester,’ said Aronoff.
Massage therapy is available at the health center for students. Outside of the free five-minute messages during the ‘Up All Night’ event, they are also available by appointment for 50 minutes, with ten minutes added to prepare for the appointment. These appointments are $25 for students.
Acupuncture therapy is also another stress relieving therapy available at the health center. The specialist is accessible by appointment only. Appointments are one hour and cost $20 for students.??
‘We also have nutrition counselors on campus that can tell students what type of brain food to eat, in order to help them function well,’ said Aronoff, advising that these counselors are also available by appointment. ‘
The Living Well Llounge is yet another feature of the health center. It is the satellite location of the health center, located at the University Student Union, directly across from the fitness center. Its regular business hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursdays and Friday from 10a.m. to 2 p.m.
‘We do free yoga there every Wednesday from 12 to 1 p.m.,’ said Aronoff.
‘It’s a great place for studying with comfortable furniture. We also have a computer available there for students to use and print from.’
These services are available throughout the semester for anyone who needs access to them.
‘When students are thinking about health and well-being, there are always things available at the health center, from massage therapy all the way to the pharmacy,’ said Aronoff.
University Student Union ‘Up All Night’ Map of Services