Things are quiet on the Ohio University Campus. Finals papers are handed in. Textbooks are back on the shelves. The last few tired-eyed students lug suitcases through snow-covered parking lots, a hint of a spring in their steps despite their exhaustion as they think of the upcoming holidays and mornings of sleeping in.
The scene was a lot different a few days ago. Students headed to Alden Library at all hours of the night, frantic and stressed to complete their seemingly never-ending to-do lists. Nearly every seat was filled, and an atmosphere of focus and determination filled the air.
Luckily, the smells of pizza, coffee and donuts also filled the air. Thanks to the annual Finals by Alden, which includes stress-relieving free events, students had options for breaks from studying.
This year’s events included pet visits, late-night pizza, donut delivery and button-making. Activities began Nov. 30 and ran through Dec. 13.
“For us, it’s a way of showing that we recognize finals are here and that it’s a busy time, and students are working hard,” said Jessica Hagman, who organizes the team that plans the activities each year. “It’s just a nice way to take a break.”
Check out photos from some of the events below. View more photos on the Library’s Flickr.
Students received complementary pizza during the annual Pizza by Phi Beta Kappa on Nov. 30. Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honors society, sponsors the event. Every year, students form long lines on the fourth floor of Alden Library to get a slice of the precious snack.
(From left) Phi Beta Kappa members Roxanne Male’-Brune, director of grant development and projects, and Betsy Partyka, chair of modern languages, hand out pizza to hungry students during the annual Pizza by Phi Beta Kappa.
Mary Glascock, 4-H Pet Pals member, comforts Pedro, her white rabbit, in the fourth-floor lobby of Alden Library on Dec. 5. Glascock, 10, is a resident of Athens and is the daughter of Stephanie Miller.
Kit Kat, a 6-year-old feline, visits students on the third floor of Alden Library before Therapy Pet Visit begins on Dec. 5. Kit Kat was just one of many animals to visit the crowded Library as finals week approached.
Chao Zhou, a Ph.D. candidate in art theory, poses with her buttons created during a button-making event as part of Finals by Alden on the fourth floor of Alden Library on Dec. 6.
Cody Pomeroy, a junior media arts major, pets Roxie, a 4-H Pet Pal, during the Finals by Alden Therapy Pet Visit in the fourth-floor lobby of Alden Library on Dec. 13.
All photos courtesy of Lexi Browning/Ohio University Libraries