What Does Dead Week Look Like This Semester?

The end of the semester is quickly approaching for students at The University of Scranton.

Dead Week is the week before final exams and is intended to give students time to study and prepare for all of their tests and projects due at the end of the semester. This year, Dead Week looks a little bit different. The Loyola Science Center (LSC) hallways and study rooms, which would typically be full of students getting work done, were quiet.

Caroline Fitzgerald, ’24, sits in the Loyola Science Center to study.

However, Caroline Fitzgerald, a first-year nursing major, has been spending more time studying in quiet LSC. She said her Dead Week is mostly preparing for finals week with the exception of a few assignments.

“Personally, I’m just kind of prepping for next week . . . so I can focus on studying,” Fitzgerald said, “I do have a couple of papers to write, but it’s really nothing too bad.”

To help destress during the final two weeks, Fitzgerald plans on getting as much sleep as possible and try to keep all of her work organized.

“I’m going to try to get as much sleep as I can this week because I know I’m not going to be able to next week,” Fitzgerald said. “I think for me, stress management is more about planning things out and writing things down.”

The University closes for the semester on Nov. 26. Fitzgerald said she is sad to be leaving her friends but excited to see her family.

“I’ve been with my friends for [a few] months now,” Fitzgerald said, “But I think being home with my family and dog [will] be nice, too.”

As the semester wraps up, Fitzgerald said she’s ready for some downtime with no school work.

“[I’ve] been doing work every day since August,” Fitzgerald said, “So, I’m ready for a break, academically.”

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December 7

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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!