With the average college student taking about four tests, writing three research papers and finalizing two projects, all of which need to be delivered during the final week of the semester, it’s understandable when many students are in need of a little help. Enter this semester’s super heroes.
But these heroes aren’t wearing capes and tights. No these heroes came in the form of Southern Utah University faculty and staff.
Spaced throughout the week before Finals Week, Student Services, the Gerald Sherratt Library, and Counseling and Psychological Services teamed up to warm up the spirits of students across campus, disregarding the freezing temperatures.
To give students little study breaks while cramming for their last test, the Sherratt Library filled the first week of December with activities ranging from a Silent Disco where students used headphones to rock out to their favorite songs—singing was banned but dancing was mandatory. Staff also handed out hugs in the form of chocolate with motivational sayings
Of this Phil Roché, instructional services librarian, said of the need to implement study helps for students, “I hear anecdotal reports that students are afraid to use the Library, and we want to take away that form of thinking. This is a fun and inviting space that students can focus on their studies but can relax and enjoy the activities.”
Also helping with research papers, the Library hosted a bibliography and research paper check center for students to ensure their citations were sited correctly. The Library also offered free Scrantrons, pencils and water bottles.
The Library wasn’t alone though; Student Services hosted the annual Late Night Study Break on Sunday, December 8 for students to receive all they care to eat pancakes and bacon the night before finals. In its second year, the night boasted 218 students that ate 70 pounds of pancakes and 90 pounds of bacon and drank 80 gallons of beverages, but ultimately raising $444 to be given to the Iron County Holiday Assistance Program.
Organizer of this favorite campus tradition, Jerry Roeder, dean of students, said, “The Study Break shows students that we care about them. It feels good to come together with colleagues and do something special for our students. It's a nice way to end the semester and wish the students good luck going into finals.”