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Hang in there Finals Mania provides ways to ease test stress

What not to do These common mistakes prove costly to final grades

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Editors’ Note


ow many times this semester have you stopped and asked “Why am I in school?”

The tireless nights, never-ending list of assignments and tests as well as finals don’t seem worth it sometimes. This semester left us wondering that many times, until attending an International Business class. The whole point of the class was to Samantha Bethel learn that as countries around the world Wong Glumac interacted more with each other, they advanced in many ways: gross domestic product rose, income per person increased and the infant mortality rate dropped. These nations discovered that a basic, but powerful, part of a strong economy was us — students. Being in school means we are investing in our future. So if at any time during the next two weeks you are wondering if the late, sleepless, caffeine-filled nights are worth it, remember what was said here. In this edition, you can find puzzles galore, on-campus and holiday events to keep you occupied, why caffeine isn’t always bad for you, and much more. Also, don’t forget to check out the online section about how technology can improve study habits.





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Breakfast before bed Finals Mania offers students pancakes and games during finals week Amanda Hilow FINALS EDITION

With the end of the semester only a few days away and the stress from finals hitting students, the University has taken strides to provide fun activities around campus as convenient stress outlets. Students are encouraged to take the occasional study break and socialize with some friends. Last week, the University Center hosted everything from karaoke to poetry slams to a comedy show with Gina Yashere. Today, the hype will culminate at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library with

board games and late-night pancakes cooked by UH staff. “It’s all a part of Finals Mania, a tradition at UH that happens twice a year to provide a quick break for students,” said Richard Zagrzecki, communications coordinator of Auxiliary Services. Hosted each semester by University Services, Dining Services and UH Libraries, Finals Mania will kick off with an appearance by Shasta and the UH marching band performing a series of schoolspirited songs and will have eight pancake stations available for students. “After you get your pancakes, you come out to the topping station. You can get strawberries, whipped cream, butter or syrup,” said Billy Garner, marketing coordinator of Auxiliary Services. The pancake stations will be sponsored and staffed by

representatives from the Student Government Association, Administration and Finance, Student Affairs, Staff Council, Faculty Senate, the library, the Provost’s Office and the Department of Advancement. Monster Energy Drink will offer free beverages for those students who are having problems staying awake to study, and Citywide Massage will provide free chair massages for anyone who needs help winding down. “The library purchased a number of popular board games that will be set out on tables in the study areas,” Zagrzecki said in a press release. “Then, as quickly as it all started, they’ll head back to their on-campus housing, apartments and homes to continue studying for final exams.” The event will take place from 9 to 11 p.m. and will be open to all students with their student IDs.


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Final exams and stress are synonymous to senior corporate communications major Sarah Bell — asking if the two are related is a silly question in her mind. Bell said she keeps the stress of final exams from reaching an overwhelming level by rewarding herself after reaching milestones while studying. “I treat myself. After I get done

with a paper or halfway done, I stop and take a break. Rewarding yourself for being studious is the best way to go about it,” Bell said. “I watch ‘How I Met Your Mother’ for 20 minutes because it’s good to rejuvenate your brain instead of cram, cram, cram.” For some, like senior music education major Jaime Ramos, physical well-being supplements studying. He often visits the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Without his weight-lifting workout regiment, Ramos said he wouldn’t be able to relieve as much stress or offset the pressure of finals as well. “It’s a nice way to take out the energy of stress and put it toward something that’s beneficial to my health,” Ramos said. “It’s a nice way

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Caffeine stirs up caution — if not used carefully David Haydon FINALS EDITION

In response to The New York Time’s investigative article into caffeinated beverages in November, many have worried about the negative affects of energy drinks on the body. But coffee addicts and energy drink freaks can calm down; there is nothing wrong with caffeine — in moderation. According to incident reports submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, energy drinks were linked to more than a dozen deaths in the last four years. Scores of separate files linked these energy drinks to serious occurrences like

heart attacks and strokes. Monster Energy Drink caught the brunt of the negative flack. Other brands, like Red Bull Energy Drink and 5-hour Energy Shot, suffered similar public relations fiascos. The news reports failed to make clear correlation does not imply causation. The Times mentioned a 14-year-old who died of cardiac arrhythmia caused by caffeine toxicity after drinking two 710 milliliter cans of Monster Energy. But the teenager had a pre-existing heart condition and Ehlers– Danlos syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder. Ingesting 475 milligrams of caffeine was

irresponsible. Even if energy drinks caused a dozen other deaths in four years — which there is no proof of — there is no cause for panic. A few deaths out of hundreds of thousands of consumers is a good track record compared to other stimulants like cigarettes and alcohol. Consumers should be more concerned about the sugar content and over-saturation of vitamins found in most energy drinks. The recommended daily allowance of sugar for the human body is 40 grams. One can of Red Bull contains about 30 grams of sugar. A can of green Monster Energy contains

about 60 grams. The kidneys and liver can only take so much abuse. My advice for people who need energy drinks to perform well in school: Sleep and study will never be second fiddle. When it comes to healthy stimulants, little else is superior to a cup of black coffee. Coffee shops like Starbucks Coffee Company have spoiled consumers with overpriced, frothfilled frappuccinos of cream and sugar for years. It’s time to go back to basics. Most cannot stand the bitter taste, admittedly, but don’t blame black coffee. Black coffee is cheap and naturally sugar-free. It contains on average 100 milligrams

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1. Don’t stay awake for two days straight. Not only does your brain start to shut off and lose its ability to retain information, but you start to look crazy. And it’s just rude to walk around campus scaring other people just before they walk into final exams. 2. Don’t be so strict with your studying that you leave no room for mental stress breaks. You have to let your freak flag fly every once in a while and this is especially important during finals. Play video games, watch a funny movie, karaoke or dance Gangnam style. Whatever you’re in to, just do it and take a break. 3. Don’t forget about hygiene. A good scrub down never hurt anyone. And while on the topic, NoShave November is over. Yes, ladies that includes you. We all know why your legs haven’t seen the sunlight since Halloween. There is no need to have a disgusting December because all that leads to is awkward Christmas gifts of deodorant and body spray. 4. Don’t think you can live off Diet Coke and Flaming Hot Cheetos for two weeks. Throw in some vegetables and fruit. Heck, go crazy and treat yourself to a full sit down meal. You’ll feel revitalized and ready to return to studying. 5. Don’t ignore the gym, especially since you probably ignored the previous paragraph. Run, rock climb, take a spin class or be one of those weird people who

stare at themselves in the mirror while lifting weights and claim it’s to ensure good form — you’re not fooling anyone, buddy. Do anything and take advantage of those endorphins to power through the rest of your work. 6. Don’t be one of those people who talk only about what they are studying. First of all, this is because no one cares. Save your friends hours of half-smiles and head nodding to your insistent jabbering about chemicals, numbers, your essay or whatever. Just talk about anything else, please. It also allows you to get your brain off of your finals. It’s not a study break if all you talk about is studying. When in doubt, quote “Mean Girls.” Tina Fey’s humor is universal. If your friends don’t agree, get new friends. 7. Don’t underestimate the power of a good laugh. I am talking about a laugh that makes you clap like a seal as tears stream down your face and no audible noise comes out. A laugh that doubles as an abs workout. 8. And finally, one “do.” Do actually study. It’s cute that you have colorcoated note cards, brand-new highlighters and a firm grasp on what you have to get done, but none of this helps your final grade. Find out what style of studying works best for you — study groups or studying solo, music or silence, flashcards or continual reading — and stick with that. You can thank The Daily Cougar for all this great advice when your final grades are posted.

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53 Dough component 55 Like the son in a parable of Jesus 58 Indian lute 61 The stuff of legends 62 “___ you ashamed?” 65 Roy’s partner on the range 66 Takes into a count? 67 Homebound student, often 68 “Good heavens!” 69 Put through the paces 70 Overdo it onstage 71 Nevada’s second-largest city DOWN 1 Attack with a dagger 2 Act the crybaby 3 Like a stumped puzzle solver? 4 “___ to my ears” 5 Word with “high” or “light” 6 West of old Hollywood 7 Abutting at 90 degrees 8 A euro forerunner 9 Kentucky Derby victory margin 10 Poet’s name for Ireland 11 Smaller and weaker, perhaps 12 Break the news 13 Television award 21 Carve into glass 23 Blame bearer 25 Kind of testimony 26 Fancy chopped liver

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Learning Support Services provides tutoring every day and offers workshops to help students understand and deal with the stress of finals. If students do find themselves overwhelmed, they also have the option of visiting Counseling and Psychological Services, which now offers same-day consultations. Learning strategies counselor Laura Heidel said in an email that students need to prioritize their schedules based on the percentage of their grade the exam is worth and how important the class is to their major. Heidel said understanding the nature of the exam is important too. If your test is an essay, you should practice writing essays. Working with peers is important also. It is helpful to plan fixed activities first, such as classes, work and meetings. In your free time, you can plan specific tasks to do to get ready for finals. “Keep your normal eating and sleeping schedules,” Heidel said. “If your routine gets changed a lot, this can cause stress.” “Avoid a lot of caffeine because that can make you more nervous.”

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