Thursday, December 8, 2016

For University of Iowa students, finals week means spending a lot of time in their favorite study spot.

If you like studying in the Iowa Memorial Union, finals week can also mean massages, puppies, and pancakes. The IMU and the UI Libraries will host events during finals week to help students recharge between study sessions and make the final push to winter break.

Here are 10 events to help get students through finals week:

1. Flippin’ Into Finals Pancake Breakfast

Where: IMU, Main Lounge
When: 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 12

The well-known "pancake man" returns to the IMU for this traditional finals week kickoff breakfast.

2. Carbs and Caffeine Breakfast

Where: IMU, Welcome Center
When: Starting at 6:30 a.m., Tuesday–Thursday, Dec. 13–15 (while supplies last)

Grab a quick cup of coffee and bagel or donut on your way to a day of cramming.

3. Healthy Snacks

Where: Distributed throughout the IMU
When: Starting at 2 p.m., Saturday–Wednesday, Dec. 10–14

You don't need to bother getting out of your chair for this snack time. Student Health and Wellness volunteers will bring fruit and granola bars to you.

4. Therapy Dogs

Where: IMU, North and South rooms
When: 6:30–8 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, Dec. 12 and 14

Library hours

Some libraries will be open extended hours during finals week; see the full list of hours for all UI Libraries.

IMU finals week quiet study hours:

Main Lounge Quiet Study: 8 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 11,  to noon, Wednesday, Dec. 14

ARC (Academic Resource Center) Quiet Study: noon–9 p.m., Sunday–Wednesday, Dec. 11–14

Where: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Room 401
When: 6–7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9

Where: Main Library, Room 2032
When: 4:30–6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13

What's more relaxing than petting a pup? Take a break from the books to play with and pet therapy dogs.

5. Massages

Where: IMU, first floor
When: 8 p.m.–midnight, Saturday–Wednesday, Dec. 10–14

Work out those kinks with the help of a free 10-minute professional massage. Signup is on a first-come, first-served basis.

6. Yoga 

Where: IMU, South Room
When: 9–10 p.m., Sunday–Wednesday, Dec. 11–14 

Feeling bendy or just want to refocus? Make the most of your study break with a free yoga session, but be sure to bring your own mat.

7. Free Coffee

Where: IMU Welcome Center
When: Starting at 11 p.m., Saturday–Wednesday, Dec. 10–14 (while supplies last)

Where: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
When: Starting Friday, Dec. 9

Where: Lichtenberger Engineering Library
When: Starting Monday, Dec. 12 (also offering hot chocolate)

Grab a cup of joe at any one of these locations to help keep your eyes open and your brain focused.

8. Coloring Pages and Legos

Where: Lichtenberger Engineering Library and Sciences Library 
Monday–Friday, Dec. 12–16

What could be more relaxing than choosing your favorite colors for a study-break masterpiece or building a replica of your childhood home out of Legos? Just don't stay all day, even though you'll want to.

9. Popcorn

Where: IMU, first floor
When: Saturday–Wednesday, Dec. 10–14

No, you're not really at the movies. Grab a free bag of popcorn and head back to your table. 

10. Missing Mascot Mug Giveaway

Where: Sciences Library  
When: Monday–Friday, Dec. 12–16 (while supplies last)

Did somebody say giveaway? Who knew you could win prizes at the library?