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By CONNOR MANNION
News Co-Editor
Published: May 7, 2015

Technicians installed a blue emergency phone pole near the Robert Moses Plaza, on the afternoon of May 6. According to the workers, the pole belongs to Fordham University and not to the city of New York.

Over 50 students participated in the vigil to stand in solidarity with sexual violence survivors on April 30.(PHOTO BY ADRIANA GALLINA/ THE OBSERVER)

By ADRIANA GALLINA
Editor-in-Chief
Published: April 20, 2015

At least 50 members of the Fordham Lincoln Center community gathered for the annual 10 Points of Light candle vigil to honor survivors of sexual violence. Fordham was one of 10 colleges chosen by Take Back the Night to host the event, that occurs every last Thursday in April, which is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Among the faculty members who attended the event were Jenifer Campbell, director of the Office Residential Life at LC, Christina Frankovic, assistant director for programming for the Office of Student Leadership and Community Development, Dorothy Wenzel, Ph.D., director of OSLCD and Keith Eldredge, Dean of Students.

Frankovic said to the crowd, “This night…is to show you are not alone. We are all here together to support one another and encourage each other to heal and find ways to put an end to sexual assault.”

According to Take Back the Night, one in three women and one in six men worldwide experience some form of sexual violence. Yet, less than 50 percent of victims report these crimes.

Other schools involved with the organization include Carroll College, Central New Mexico Community College, Claremont Colleges, McHenry County College, Morain Park Technical College, Temple University, Rutgers University, the University of North Texas and the University of Washington.

The event began at 7:30 p.m. and ended around 8:00 p.m.. When the clock struck the top of the hour a student announced, “Someone in America is assaulted every 107 seconds. Our final moment of reflection is in honor of those nationwide, who have been affected by sexual assault.”

Tomorrow, May 1, there will be a drop-in at 1:00 p.m. in McMahon 205 to debrief. Members of the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) will be available.

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Shery Arce, FCLC ’16, was one of the six students who collaborated in planning this event. (PHOTO BY ADRIANA GALLINA/ THE OBSERVER)
Ian Schaefer, FCLC '17, also particpated in planning the event and performing reflections.
Ian Schaefer, FCLC ’17, also participated in planning the event and performing reflections. (PHOTO BY ADRIANA GALLINA/ THE OBSERVER)

By ANA FOTA
News Co-Editor
Published: April 29, 2015

As students are packing their rooms and preparing for finals, not everyone is paying attention to the upcoming announcement of next year’s tuition cost. Fordham University is growing as is the cost of a Fordham degree. With all of the recent expansion and growth at Lincoln Center (LC) many are wondering why club budgets are not changing accordingly.

“It’s certainly on the foremost of everyone’s minds that we can’t just raise tuition without regard to the impact it has on students,” said the Dean of Students at LC, Keith Eldredge. “The biggest challenge we face at Fordham is being a tuition dependent school,” Eldredge said, which means that the majority of the revenue that the university uses comes from student’s tuition and fees, as opposed to heavily endowed universities which rely more on donations. Funding also comes from various faculty scholarships or grants. Scholarships that cover tuition will increase concomitantly with the fees, while limited scholarships, which offer students a certain amount of money, will remain the same, according to Eldredge. The percentage by which tuition increases varies every year. It has lowered considerably since 2008, as it is now closer to three percent while it used to be up to six or eight percent before.

Robert Howe, Special Adviser to the President and Senior Director of Communications is the spokesperson on tuition increase. In an email responding to a press request, he stated the following: “The University typically makes the official tuition announcement in May, and I can’t comment on it until after that’s happened, I’m afraid.”

“Every year the university has to budget all the added costs,” Eldredge stated, and “sometimes [the money] goes back towards paying for those constant expenses, like the electricity rates that go up every year.” The money all goes into a big “pot,” as he called it, and afterwards it is allocated to the different departments within the university.

Funding for the various student clubs on campus, for example, comes directly from the student activities fee that every student is charged with. Despite the increase in tuition, student activity fees and club budgets will not increase.

According to Collegefactual.com, from 2008 to 2018, tuition will have increased as much as $19,000. The cost in 2008 was $34,099 and in 2018 it is estimated to be $53,392. The current cost of tuition is $44,773, room and board not included. Despite the increase in tuition prices, the student fees will remain the same, at $732.

This is happening even though clubs have had trouble with budgeting this year. The tuition has increased consistently while the amount of fees students pay has stayed the same. As tuition increases the amount available for clubs does not increase. Larger enrolling classes create a larger budget for clubs.

The incoming freshman class this year was considerably larger than those before the McKeon residence building was opened, with 556 students in the class of 2018, as opposed to 449 students in the class of 2017, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. They are projecting the incoming freshman class of 2019 to consist of 610 students. With more students to collect the activities fee from, the budget has increased. However, so has the number of clubs on campus, with 11 new clubs added during the most recent school year, adding up to a grand total of 54 clubs on campus.

The Student Activities Budget Committee (SABC) is responsible for allocating funding for clubs. The clubs are still faced with budgeting issues and are having to cut funding for certain events on campus.

According to Leighton Magoon, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ‘17, president-elect of the United Student Government (USG) and current treasurer of the club, it is likely that the budget deficit will continue. “It’s wonderful that clubs have become more active, it’s helped shape the culture of our campus,” Magoon stated, “but unfortunately we don’t have an unlimited amount of money to supply these great events.” Another aspect that strained the activities budget this semester was the fact that a high number of students studied abroad, and therefore they did not pay the fee.

By MARCELA ALVAREZ
Asst. Sports Editor
Published: April 29, 2015

McKeon residents opened their emails to a surprise on March 30, the kitchen on the 22nd floor was officially barred from student access. The email sent by Resident Directors (RD) of McKeon, Anthony Varner and Camille Wilson, informed students that the kitchen was closed as a result of it being continuously dirty and unkept. The RDs also informed students that the kitchen would only be open for Resident Assistants’ (RA) and Resident Freshmen Mentors’ (RFM) staff events.

The kitchen provided a reliable option for students, especially during the hours which the undergraduate dining hall is closed. However, due to the inaccessibility of the kitchen, some students have had to dine through take-out or restaurants, or not eat at all.

Gregory Govea-Lopez, a resident student and Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center (GSBLC) ‘18, says that due to the kitchen closing he has had to dine out more, since he stays up late doing homework. Moreover, he thinks that, “having the kitchen off limits is a waste of facilities especially since we are paying for it in room and board.” The kitchen is one of the amenities that students moving into McKeon were sold on along with lounges, a laundry room, and a movie lounge. Kathleen Stanovick, Fordham College Lincoln Center (FCLC) ‘18, another McKeon resident, said, “the kitchen closing seems to take away an aspect of community life, since students can no longer cook and talk together in the space.”

However, while this is inconvenient to most students, it appears to be more so for students with dietary restrictions. Since the dining hall does not provide halal foods and only providing some vegan and vegetarian options, students with dietary restrictions relied heavily on the kitchen. Therefore, the kitchen closing has not only affected the range of eating options students have, but also their eating and health habits.

George Horihan FCLC ‘18, who is a vegan expressed his frustration at not having access to the kitchen. He said, “since the kitchen closed I have to either eat in the [undergraduate] dining hall which has extremely restrictive options because of my diet.” Horihan added, “most of the time I don’t eat enough.”

Eliza Putnam, FCLC ‘18, seems to disagree with her fellow McKeon residents. As a frequent user of the kitchen, Putnam often encountered the kitchen when it was dirty and said that she was unable to use it, even though it was open. While Putnam understands the reason it had to be closed, she is disappointed because the freshmen lost a great resource as they do not have kitchens in their individual dorms, like upperclassmen.

Yet, through it all, some students are optimistic that a compromise can be made with residents directors to reopen the kitchen. Bonnie McHeffey, FCLC ‘18, said “There should be a sign out sheet for the kitchen so residents directors know who’s using the kitchen and who leaves it messy.”

Eighteen Fordham students competed at the French Embassy, and Cathlene Centeno FCLC ‘17 was the winner of the Prix d’Eloquence. (PHOTO BY JESSICA HANLEY/THE OBSERVER)

By MARISA RAMETTA
Contributing Writer
Published: April 29, 2015

“Imagine being a first-year or a second-year student and being at the French Embassy on 5th Avenue. Imagine a beautiful room, lined with books in French, filled with parents, professors, embassy personnel, journalists and classmates.” Lise Schreier, associate professor of modern languages and literature at Fordham University, said.

In this room, 18 Fordham students competed at the French Embassy, showing members of the French speaking community in New York City, “eloquentia perfecta in action, it totally marveled the judges and public who witnessed their performance.” Andrew Clark, associate professor of french and comparative language, said. April 22 was the first date of the Prix d’Eloquence and Prix de Culture competitions for Fordham students.

Fordham had 14 finalists competing for the eloquence price and four for the culture price. The first place winner of the Prix d’Eloquence was Cathlene Centeno FCLC ‘17. Second place went to Teagan Reese FCRH ‘18 and third was split between Jasmin Castillo FCLC ‘18 and James von Albade, FCRH ‘17. The first place winner of the Prix de Culture was Clare Bollnow, FCRH ‘18, with second place going to Sanjana Rajagopal, FCLC ‘18.

Other students from Lincoln Center competed including Francesca Aton FCLC ‘17, Annalise Caviasco FCLC ‘17, Margaret Sanford, FCLC ‘17, Robert Van Fossen FCLC ‘18 and Alaina Yuresko, FCLC ‘18. Also among the audience were some of the student’s professors who helped to coordinate the event.

One eloquence finalist, Teagan Reese, FCRH ’18, discussed her experience, she said, “Before I decided that I wanted to do the Prix d’Eloquence, I was talking to my professor about a possible subject. I told her that the idea of having to speak in front of a large crowd of native French speakers was really nerve-wracking, but if I had to give a speech about something in French, I would be most comfortable talking about dance. So that is kind of where the whole idea for the speech came from. Madame Lise Schreier, my professor, was so helpful and encouraging throughout the entire process.”

In the eloquence competition, 14 Fordham students were given two minutes to talk about why being bilingual is important to them. For the culture portion, they were instructed to write an essay about what it means to be French today, specifically for them as American students. During the competition, they presented short summaries of the theses from their papers.

The students were judged by a jury of six representatives: Laurence Marie and Fabrice Jaumont representatives of the French government’s Cultural Services, Emmanuel Saint Martin, founder of the online magazine French Morning, Francois-Xavier Schmit director of the Albertine library in the French Embassy, Isabelle Frank, dean of Fordham College of Liberal Studies (FCLS), and Shoshana Enelow, associate professor of English at Fordham University.

Clark said next year they will open the competition to four other New York universities stating that “We look forward to next years event and to the first Fordham play in French which will be directed by Hélène Godec in the fall and will be part of her ‘Molière: From Page to Stage’ class.”

For both the culture and eloquence competition, the first place prize was $200, the second place was a book from the Albertine library “the library in the consulate where the competition was held.” The third place prize for the eloquence competition was a gift card to Canele by Celine, a French bakeshop on the Upper East Side.

“I had such a great experience with the Prix… I could talk forever about how positive this entire experience was,” Reese said. “I don’t know if I would do another one. I might want to give other people a chance to surprise themselves.”

Schreier stated her pride for the competing students, she said “They worked incredibly hard and amazed the members of the jury, who did not expect first-year and second year students to be able to perform at such a high level.”

By MARISSA RAMETTA
Contributing Writer
Published: April 29, 2015

This election cycle involves some of the most diverse candidates in the United States history. Although there have been other female candidates for president, such as Carol Moseley Braun and other Latino candidates, like Ben Fernandez, this is the first election cycle with a woman and latino as some of the seemingly strongest candidates.

Today, the political landscape has changed and is better representing America’s diverse population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau Newsroom, the white population of the United States should reach its peak in 2024 with 199.9 million people. Unlike other race and ethnic groups the white demographic is projected to decrease to 20.6 million by 2060. The Hispanic populations is estimated to double to 128.8 million by 2060. This means that by 2060 one in three Americans will be Hispanic. Alongside the Hispanic population the black population is estimated to grow to 61.8 million by 2060. Also, the asian population is expected to increase to 34.4 million by 2060.

For the election, some students think that diversity is essential for a candidate’s ticket. “Diversity has played an important role in the past three elections—mainly affecting voter turnout and some of the prominent issues being examined,” Shaunna Lazzaro, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ‘15, said. “President Obama has focused on immigration reform, and it seems as though Marco Rubio would continue in his footsteps, as he has openly discussed his opinion regarding the transition from work permits to legal residency.

“I think it will be interesting to see how two opposing party minority candidates play against one another.”

Lazzarro went on to explain that “as a woman and being that I am a registered republican, the upcoming election will be difficult because I will have to decide between being loyal to my party and their values or being loyal to a fellow woman.”

“Rubio most likely will take the Latino vote and probably will also take Florida, which is always a key state, so he is arguably the front runner,” Patrick O’Donnell, FCRH ‘15, stated. Referring to his past actions and foreign relation standpoint, O’Donnell said, “Rubio’s Latino heritage will not help him gain favor with his negative actions and relations with the foreign relations committee.”

Some say that the change in demographics in the country are affecting the election process. “Obviously the demographics of our country has shifted tremendously in the recent elections causing individuals to question the norm of why we’ve only had white male presidents,” Alexandra Yacyshyn, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’15, stated. “They want to see someone who’s more encompassing of the entire new populations which is why Rubio has an edge because he is an immigrant from Cuba and Clinton has an edge because she is a female.”

Robert Hume, associate professor of political science said, “I think it is a sign of the times that our presidential candidates represent such diverse backgrounds and experiences. America is becoming increasingly pluralistic, and our pool of presidential candidates ought to reflect that. I just hope that whoever we elect as president embraces the diversity of today’s America.”

Hume went on to express his feelings towards same-sex marriage and its continued importance in today’s society: “It was very heartening to see Hillary Clinton reverse her stance on same-sex marriage and become a supporter of marriage equality. My hope is that Marco Rubio and other Republican candidates will do the same.”

Don Draper sits in front of “Fidelity,” possibly contemplating a future in retirement after a 7-season run. (PHOTO BY BRIKEND BEHRAMI /THE OBSERVER)

By MICHAELENE KARLEN
Staff Writer
Published: April 29, 2015

Don Draper has been through two divorces, countless bottles of whiskey and numerous one night stands – but he’s managed to be our favorite, most dapper anti-hero.

After eight successful years the Mad Men era will end on May 17. Communication and Media Studies faculty and students from Fordham at Lincoln Center say that the end of “Mad Men” is a hard pill to swallow.

“For a series to succeed, it has to have strong characters and an interesting narrative,” Albert Auster, associate professor of Communication & Media Studies, said. “‘Mad Men’ has been appealing partly because of the characters it follows: Don Draper, Peggy and Joan for example. They are all interesting and complicated characters that draw in an audience. These are people who [the audience] can understand.”

Audiences want something interesting and complex to watch, and “Mad Men” hit that target precisely. “Over the years we’ve loved stories about a bad guy whom we can’t help liking. He’s very attractive and very smart. He doesn’t worry about morals,” Michael Tueth, associate professor of communication & media studies, said. The character he’s referring to, Don Draper, is a character with flaws, who isn’t boring and isn’t perfect.

Any person who watched “Mad Men” might have other responses toward the show. It has a different impact compared to other earlier history-based television shows. “People sort of enjoyed the regressive pleasure. They saw on screen something that is impermissible to us. In some ways we could see it as a very conservative gesture to say, ‘look at the good old days; look what we can’t have anymore if we are upper-middle class white men in America,’” said Jennifer Clark, assistant professor of Communication and Media Studies. “Mad Men” was a unique way to look at history in a certain perspective and see the progression America has made.

“I’ve always been interested in the 60s. I was interested in the events that took place in that time span, so I wanted to see how it would play out in the show,” said Adrianna Redhair, FCLC ’17. “I really like the character growth. I feel like all the characters have really progressed and advanced.”
“We know it won’t go too far because we understand how history will unfold from then on. So, it’s kind of a safe way to see that happen knowing that history is going to come along and play itself out in a way that will rectify some of the most egregious behaviors of the characters,” Clark said.

“Mad Men” did something that generally hadn’t been done before , taking historical and social information and incorporating it into an ongoing series. “In the past, television has restricted historical explorations to things like documentaries or adaptations of historical novels. They’re really seen as special viewing events,” Clark said.

“Mad Men” has had so much success because it has created new ideas for the television world, and so few shows have done this. “It is set in a historical period, but it still follows the genres of family, drama, a little bit of comedy,” Clark said. This is a show that people can relate to, even though it’s set in a different era.

The growth is seen as the show moves from each season, as well as each decade.

“I liked that we learn more about the characters’ past even though temporally we’re going forward across the seasons, so more of Don’s history gets revealed across the seasons,”Ady Bijay, FCLC ’15, said.

This show had so many unique qualities, which led it to success and seven seasons. It covered eleven years of character growth just over a span of eight production years. “You’d end a season. The next season you’d be eight years later. That was an interesting idea to do that because we want to get up to the present. I can’t think of another show that did that,” Tueth said.

Emily Thornton, a student featured in the 2015 Senior Showcase. ((PHOTO COURTESY OF JUSTIN PATTERSON)

By LOULOU CHRYSSIDES
Arts & Culture Co-Editor
Published: April 29, 2015

It is no secret that Fordham Lincoln Center has seen much talent grace its stages. From May 4-5, the Fordham Theatre program will host its annual Senior Showcase to reflect on the work of some of this year’s graduating actors. The show will take place on both dates at 6 p.m. in Pope Auditorium.

The 2015 Senior Showcase is an annual event headed by Fordham Theatre. This year’s show will consist of 17 students who will discuss their plans post graduation, as well as give an in-depth look into the students’ time at Fordham and how it has prepared them for a career acting beyond the university.

Tommy Dorfman, FCLC ’15, is one of this year’s students who will be featured in the Senior Showcase. Graduating with a BA in acting, Dorfman has already achieved much success with roles in multiple short films such as “In My Skin” (2013), directed by Alejandro Rodriguez, and “Foreign Exchange” (2009), directed by Ken Feinberg. When asked to reflect on his experiences at FCLC, Dorfman stated that studying acting at Fordham has prepared him through “great training and support for individual as well as group success.”
The theater program, through its rigorous training process and handson learning experience, has enabled students such as Dorfman to have experiences that will last a lifetime. What is Dorfman’s most memorable experience as an acting student at FCLC? “[It] would have to be having Phylicia Rashād as a guest in my acting class last semester with Kenny Leon. She’s full of wisdom and had such great direction for us, and I’m eternally grateful for that opportunity,” he said. Dorfman plans on producing a web series post-graduation, as well as auditioning for actor work.

Another student who will be a part of this year’s Senior Showcase is Emily Thornton, FCLC ’15. During her time as a student in the playwriting program at FCLC, Thornton has been involved in numerous productions. She has taken the role of director in various Fordham shows, and has acted in outside shows by prestigious companies such as the Looking Glass Theatre Company.

In terms of post-graduation plans, Thornton is keeping busy with numerous projects. “I will be traveling to London with my old high school to meet up with their theater trip. I will then be headed to Portage, Wis. to teach at Zona Gale Youth Theatre. I will be teaching two classes. One is entitled ‘Performance
into Meaning,’ which I will be coteaching with nationally renowned theatre artist Xan Johnson. I will also be teaching a movement and vocal technique using my Fordham training with Grace Zandarski, Dawn Saito and Andrea Haring.” she said.

Thornton also noted that her time as part of the theater program has been a wonderful experience, much in part because of the guidance she has received from her professors and mentors during her time here.
“What I want to do in my life is work with teenagers who are incarcerated and in rehabilitation programs. I want to teach them theater [and] do plays with them. I want to show these kids that there are outlets other than drugs, crime and violence. My ultimate goal is to open an alternative therapy halfway house, employing art therapists of all subcategories. My professors and mentors in the theater program and beyond have been so supportive and helpful in helping me craft this career path,” Thornton said. “As a department, we have open and frank discussions about issues that come up in the world around us. We are constantly encouraged and taught to use our art to change things [to] shake things up. As far as my technical training goes, I will be able to use everything I’ve learned to teach the teens I will come to work with. I also plan to continue performing as much as possible; I feel prepared to conquer the real world.”

Although graduation is sure to be a pivotal moment in the lives of those who are leaving, the preparation and guidance that seniors such as Dorfman and Thornton have received has prepared them for the real world, and more importantly, for their careers in the arts.

In the center of the photo, Professor Gwenyth Jackaway, associate chair of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham, sits with professor Jacqueline Reich, chair of Communication and Media Studies. (PHOTO BY TYLER MARTINS/THE OBSERVER)

By ADRIANA GALLINA
Editor-in-Chief
Published: April 29, 2015

Fordham at Lincoln Center’s College Council unanimously approved all four proposed communication majors during their last meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year on April 16. Other discussions included the Gabelli School of Business banner hanging on the west facing side of the Leon Lowenstein building and potential curricular revisions of the Classical Civilizations major.

Chair of Communication and Media Studies and film professor Jacqueline Reich proposed a separation of the current model by creating majors and minors in: journalism; a joint film and television major; digital technologies and media; and communication and culture.

“One of my charges was to look at and revise the undergraduate program and the graduate program as well,” Reich said to the Council. “In the last 20 years, there have been so many changes in our lives in the way that we communicate.”

According to Reich, the current Communication and Media Studies major, which has five concentrations, is the largest major at both Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) and Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH). Dean of Lincoln Center Robert Grimes, S.J., raised concerns that the proposed journalism major had too much application compared to theory. “Most journalism majors are applied and practical,” Reich responded. “It is our responsibility to give them the kind of journalism major that is the standard for the field,” she said.

When asked by English department representatives about staffing for the new majors Reich responded, “Presently, we offer over 100 courses on both campuses; 50 percent of courses are staffed by adjuncts.”
“We are working to reduce that [adjunct] number through Artist in Residence programs, a better way to use non-tenure track resources,” Reich said. The majors must now be approved by New York State Department of Education.

Another agenda item was the unified Gabelli School banner hanging on Lowenstein, which generated much Council discussion. The banner displayed on the building used primarily by undergraduates makes no mention of the other colleges at the LC campus and only promotes the Gabelli undergraduate and masters programs. Professor of History Hector Lindo-Fuentes said, “Let them know the full truth.” He suggested the banner list all the schools at the University.

Grimes said he knew the banner would be displayed only three days before it was installed. He also expressed that the banner could affect liberal arts admissions at FCLC. According to Grimes, the banner would hang, “as long as it looks good.”

The general consensus of the Council was that both non-Gabelli students and faculty are unhappy about the banner.

The following resolution passed with one abstention from Dean of Students at Lincoln Center Keith Eldredge, “FCLC College Council, as representatives of FCLC faculty and students, are dismayed by the appearance of the banner on the side of Lowenstein, which creates the impression that Lowenstein is solely the home of the Gabelli School of Business where it is actually home to, [FCLC, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Social Work and Graduate School of Education.] The Council requests that the University remove that banner at the earliest possible date or create a banner that gives equal billing to each of the schools in Lowenstein.”

In other business, the proposed change to the Classical Civilizations major was to cap the number of language requirements, adding a required department EP3 and/or EP4. This motion passed unanimously.

In other announcements,FCLC received a total of 10,602 applications and admitted 47 percent of them. As of April 16, 179 were deposits made.

The Council will reconvene in the fall of 2015.

A little meditation goes a long way! (PHOTO BY EMILY TIBERIO/THE OBSERVER)

By KAYLA OGLE
Staff Writer
Published: April 29, 2015

It’s crunch time at Fordham at Lincoln Center; everything for the 2014-2015 year is coming to a close. This time can be stressful for many students with things like packing up your dorm/apartment, finishing papers or projects, studying and making sure you have time to see your friends before you all leave for the summer. Here are a few ways to combat this stress to make sure the end of the semester goes a little bit more smoothly, so you can start your summer relaxed and ready to enjoy the few months off from school.

Start doing a little packing everyday: No matter what, packing is stressful. Whether that moving from your dorm or apartment, trying to figure out how to pack things efficiently and with the least amount of stress can be challenging. But if you start packing a little bit every day, it’s not as bad! During the next few weeks, dedicate an hour to packing every day. Start with the small stuff that you don’t necessarily need anymore, and put it in a box or a pile where it won’t be in the way. Slowly, you’ll only be down to the things that are absolutely necessary, like clothes and toiletries, and suddenly the daunting task of packing is not nearly as bad!

Exercise and meditate: These things are tried and true stress relievers. Rachel Lamy, FCLC ‘16 says that she likes to run when she’s feeling stressed out. By running, you’re giving yourself time to think about the things that still need to get done, and you can come up with an appropriate plan of action to accomplish them. Exercise also releases endorphins to make yourself feel better. Giving yourself time to do a 20-minute run can change the way you view stress.

Meditation can also help with stress. One unconventional way to mediate is by doing the Viparita Karani pose, or legs on the wall pose. This yoga move is so easy anyone can do it, and you can even do it in bed. Lie flat on your back and place your legs as straight as you can on a wall so you’re at a 90 degree angle. Rest like this for 5-10 minutes. According to Active.com, this pose aids with acute stress, headaches, insomnia and stretches out the back of your hamstrings and neck. Since we’re all cramming for finals and hunched over books and laptops, taking the five minutes to relax your mind and stretch in this position will be beneficial for anyone.

Plan a fun weekend activity with your friends: Whether you’re graduating or just going home for the summer, it might be a little while until you see your friends again. You may feel the need to stay in your dorm and study, but you also want to make sure you have time to see your friends and do something fun! By planning activities like a night out or a potluck dinner, you can make sure you do something that is fun and stress free. You can also go for a picnic in Central Park. Sheep’s Meadow has great open spaces for relaxing –  plus soaking up some sun never hurt anyone (as long as you’re wearing sunscreen). No matter what you and your friends like to do to have fun, make sure you take time to see them during the last weeks of school.

Make a study group and meet with professors: “Collective pulling together of materials is great,” said Professor Irma Watkins-Owens, associate professor in the African and African American Studies department. “Students should plan time in the beginning of the semester to stagger things that are due at the end so it’s not as stressful. But if that doesn’t happen, peer review is a great option.” She also discusses the benefits of having other students proofread your work and peer review. You can benefit because it is helping you understand the material more, and you can benefit from the way your peers might see the subject. Finally, Watkins-Owens says that speaking to the professor is always a good option. “If you really have a problem go to us! We’re people too, and we want to help you!”

Give yourself down time: Our bodies are not machines that can endlessly run; eventually we run out of steam. Allow yourself some breaks, whether that be taking a nap, or do like Maya Van Peebles, FCLC ‘15, “I take myself out to the movies.” She said, “I have a $35 movie pass that allows me to see as many movies as I want, so instead of sitting at home watching Netflix, I go out.” By leaving your apartment, either going for a walk or grabbing some coffee, you are able to get out of the space that you’ve been doing work in for possibly hours at a time. This space let’s you clear your head and recharge before you go back to studying. Also, seriously make sure to get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation leads to memory loss, according to Healthline.com, so it does you no good if you’re cramming for an exam on only two hours of sleep.

These few things can hopefully make the last few weeks a little more enjoyable, instead of making you feel like you might collapse from the stress. Remember to take time for yourself and friends, treat your body well and ask for help if you really need it. The end of the semester is a cause for celebration, don’t let the stress make that any harder!