||IT’S BACK! FINALS MANIA PROVIDES PANCAKES, NEEDED BREAK TO STUDENTS
numbers are staggering.
In just a short two-hour period, 1,500 University of
Houston students will be served a plateful of pancakes
and turkey sausage, down some coffee or orange juice,
and load up on snacks. They’ll stick around to play some
board games, chat with friends and perhaps get a
much-needed five-minute chair massage.
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.
all part of Finals Mania, a tradition at UH that happens
twice a year to provide a quick break for students.
It’ll happen again on Monday, Dec. 10, from 9 to 11 p.m.
at the Rockwell Pavilion in M.D. Anderson Library.
The event, which is hosted each semester by University
Services, Dining Services and the UH Libraries, will
kick off with members of the UH marching band performing
several songs from the balcony of the Rockwell Pavilion.
Then the serving begins. The long and winding line of
students always moves rather quickly as dozens of
volunteers serve plain, blueberry and chocolate chip
“After you get your pancakes, you come out to the
topping station. You can get strawberries, whipped
cream, butter, syrup. There’s a lot,” said Billy Garner,
the marketing coordinator for Auxiliary Services.
Pancakes will be served from eight tables, sponsored and
staffed by representatives from the Library,
Administration and Finance, Student Government
Association, Student Affairs, Faculty Senate, Staff
Council, the Provost’s Office and Advancement.
masseuses from Citywide Massage Company will be at the
library, providing free chair massages. The Center for
Student Involvement is sponsoring six of them, and
Residential Housing and Student Life is sponsoring the
The library purchased a number of popular board games
that will be set out on tables in the study areas.
“You can play board games while you eat your pancakes
and kind of mingle with your friends,” Garner said.
Monster Energy Drink will be coming out with free
Patrick Daniel, the executive director of Learning and
Assessment, has been a part of the army of staff and
faculty who volunteer at the event and keep everything
running smoothly. He sees how it has a positive impact
“As volunteers, our presence sends an important message
to students about studying for finals,” Daniel said.
Faculty and staff can still sign up to volunteer. To do
so, contact Garner at