December 7

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

Please note that Campus Corner will be on hiatus through the holiday and intersession, but we’ll be back on Feb. 8!

Surviving Dead Week

By: Megan Castaldi

With the semester coming to a close, students are working hard to write papers, do projects and prepare for final exams.

The University of Scranton tries to help students with the stress of finals by offering activities to “de-stress.” Some of these things include free back massages, coffee, smoothies and free stress balls!

“Dead week is a stressful time, but there are many things Scranton has to offer to de-stress, like the back massages! There is always such a big line to get them done,” said student Gia Salsido.

The library was filled at all hours of the day and night last week, while the rest of campus remained quiet.

First-year students Amy Kaiser said, “I was at the library all day on Wednesday. This is my first finals week, so I am eager to do well on them.”

Thank you for a great semester and we wish everyone the best of luck on their final exams!

(Follow us on Snapchat at univofscranton to see our stories — one of which is about Dead Week!)

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

By: Kayla Johnson

Sunday brought forth the official beginning of the Scranton Christmas season with the lighting of the campus Christmas tree, a candle-lighting ceremony and Advent Mass.

Mass led into the serene candle lighting celebration — hundreds of candles glowing in the dim light of the Byron gym. Students processed outside to the soothing hymn of “Silent Night.” Voices rose together to sing the melodic tune and emphasized the familial atmosphere present here at Scranton. Gathered around the tree, the crowd awaited the highlight of the night — the tree lighting. The tree loomed overhead (after recovering from a spill earlier last week), the star on top soon to be as bright as those in the sky up above.

University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., said his final words once the University rendition of “Silent Night” was over. Anticipation built throughout the crowd. And, suddenly, the University of Scranton Christmas Tree was as bright as ever, illuminating the night — the beacon and center of campus Christmas spirit.

Check out more photos from the event on our Facebook page or on Flickr.

Have a wonderful holiday!