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CAB’s 'Up All Night' event helps students have stress-free finals

Contributing Writer

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013

Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 02:12

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) will be hosting an “Up All Night” stress relief event on Friday Dec. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Strafford Room and Union Court of the MUB. The program will include a variety of activities intended to offer a break from the anxiety that comes with final exams. Activities include gladiator jousting, massage therapists and yoga lessons. CAB is also advertising candy, ice cream, Dance Dance Revolution sessions and a photo booth. 

In past years, CAB has hosted themed stress relief nights including a Disney-themed event in 2012. This year the theme is Up All Night, which is designed to mimic students’ behaviors during all-nighters.

Selecting the themes of events or the activities we will have at them is a matter of voting, talking and brainstorming,” Denise Barstow, the Campus Activities Board director, said. “The activities selected for the event are meant to speak to things you might stay up all night doing, whether that be watching YouTube videos – which we will have projected up in Union Court – taking selfies – check out our photo booth – or eating ice cream – like at our ice cream bar in the Strafford Room.”

This is the final event CAB has scheduled for the fall, after hosting programs such as The Grind, bingo nights, comedians, parades, bonfires and outdoor movies throughout the semester. Though the semester is wrapping up, Barstow is looking forward to CAB’s future events. 

CAB plans on having another trivia night next semester in a larger room, possibly the GSR during one of our third Thursday Bingo events. And I predict to see the Pumpkin Stroll next October too,” Barstow said. 

The stress relief night is also the last opportunity to turn in SIC’em cards this semester. A card with five punches can be exchanged for a free T-shirt and a chance to win a prize in the SIC’em raffle. According to Barstow, the drawing is at 9:30 p.m. 

“Some prizes you can look forward to are an iPad, Xbox One, $500 to the Bookstore, Bruins tickets – great seats too – a TV and quite a few more,” said Barstow. 

According to Barstow, the stress relief tradition is about 13 years old, and it is one of her favorite CAB events. 

 “I love stress relief because, on the last day of classes, all anyone wants to do is get as far away from the library as possible,” Barstow said. “It’s nice to see the smiles on people’s faces as they go through the ice cream bar line or come out of the photo booth with friends. This event is something that people need and CAB likes to provide that service.” 

 CAB is committed to helping students manage the challenges of college. Advice on handling stress, including meditation tips and information about how to meet individually with a wellness professional can be found on their website at https://wildcatlink.unh.edu/organization/CAB and on their Facebook page at CAB UNH. 

Barstow also addressed the possibility that some students may choose to skip recreational activities in favor of extra studying. 

“It’s important to give your brain a break, especially after the last week of classes, presentations and final papers,” Barstow said. “I know after I’ve studied awhile I just need to talk. Stress relief gives students the chance to be social and have a few good laughs. And who can say no to a massage?” 

According to Barstow, the event is usually well-attended. 

 “One year we had 1,000 people and in the beginning years – early 2000s – closer to 100. Since I’ve been here, attendance at stress relief has been around 500,” she said. 

The stress relief night is funded by the Student Activity Fee, so it is completely free. 

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