“Destress Fest” at Rutgers University in Newark Helps Students Cope with Final Exam Pressures
EDITORS: BEST PHOTO OPS ARE MASSAGE THERAPY TODAY, BELLY DANCING TOMORROW, CAPOIERA ON MAY 12
WHAT: Each semester, “DeStress Fest” helps students at Rutgers University in Newark cope with the stressors of final exams through a program of activities specifically designed to reduce stress and provide emotional and moral support. This spring those activities include massages, yoga, belly dancing, a pancake breakfast, dodgeball and basketball, a 24-hour study lounge, free snacks, and extended hours at a number of facilities, including the Golden Dome Athletic Center and Dana Library. All events are free and open to both residential and commuter students.
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WHO: DeStress Fest is sponsored by: The Office of the Chancellor, Counseling Center, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Office of Student Life & Leadership, Housing & Residence Life, Athletics & Recreation, Unity Theatre & Student Health Advocates (Health Promotion) & Health Services, College of Nursing-EOF, Dana Library, FAS-N Office of the Dean, Academic Foundations Center/EOF
WHEN/WHERE: through May 12, various locations: Please see schedule (attached).
BACKGROUND: DeStress Fest started with a twice-annual midnight pancake breakfast, held during winter and spring finals. For students who were cramming for exams, the pancake breakfasts provided nourishment, a needed break from their studies, and moral support, courtesy of Rutgers staff and administrators who served the pancakes while offering encouragement and a sympathetic ear. The breakfasts are still served but the campus has added a wide range of activities to help students manage the stresses associated with finals.
INFORMATION: For mental health/stress issues, Dr. Pamela Heard, Counseling Center, 973/353-5805; for student life issues, Gerald Massenburg, 973/353-5541. General information: Carla Capizzi, 973/353-5263.
CALENDAR FOR DESTRESS FEST SPRING 2009
- 24-hour Study Lounge in Stonsby Commons, 91 Bleeker St.
- Dana Library, 185 University Ave., May 6 – May 7, 8 a.m.- midnight; May 10, noon- midnight; May 11, 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
May 7, noon – 2 p.m., Paul Robeson Campus Center, main floor, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.)
May 12, noon – 2 p.m., Stonsby Cafeteria, 91 Bleeker St.;
CRAM THIS! Eat, drink, laugh & DeStress with SHA & UNITY Theatre
May 6, 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Student Health Advocate Exhibits & Games; May 6, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. Unity Theatre Interactive Performance; Bradley Hall Theater, 110 Warren St.
May 6, 10 p.m.- midnight; Stonsby Cafeteria, 91 Bleeker St.
Ssshake Your Stress Off! Free Belly Dancing Class!
May 7, 4 -5 p.m., Golden Dome Athletic Center, 42 Warren St.
Relaxation Station: Oxygen Bar, Fruit Smoothies, Herbal Teas & More!
May 7, 9 p.m. – midnight, Stonsby Cafeteria, 91 Bleeker St.
Zum, Zum, Zumba! Re-energize & dance away stress with a fun & free zumba class!
May 7, 6:30 -7:30 p.m., Golden Dome Athletic Center, 42 Warren St
Smash Your Stress Away with Volleyball! Pick-up Games! Free Giveaways!
May 7, extended hours until 10:45 p.m., Golden Dome Athletic Center, 42 Warren St.
Sweet Shoppe Soiree: FREE Ice Cream with toppings, games & tips on DeStressing
May 10, 11:59 p.m. — while supplies last. Stonsby Cafeteria, 91 Bleeker St.
Ssstretch Away Your Stress! A Healthy Dose of Stretching, Cardio & Relaxation!
May 11, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Golden Dome Athletic Center, 42 Warren St.
Slam Dunk Your Stress Away with Basketball! Pick-up Games! Free Giveaways!
May 11, extended hours until 10:45 p.m., Golden Dome Athletic Center, 42 Warren St.
A Night at the Movies! Come Watch “Paul Blart, Mall Cop”
May 11, 9 p.m., Stonsby Cafeteria, 91 Bleeker St.
Capoeira Demonstration! Learn the Dance-Like Martial Arts Moves of Capoiera!
May 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Golden Dome Athletic Center, 42 Warren St.
Dodge Your Stress Away with Dodge Ball! Pick Up Games! Free Giveaways!
May 12, extended hours until 10:45 p.m., Golden Dome Athletic Center, 42 Warren St.
Media Contact: Carla Capizzi