The cute and cuddly dogs are coming back. When Finals Mania returns to the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library on Dec. 10, specially trained therapy dogs from Faithful Paws will once again be there. They made their debut at the event last spring and were a big hit with students. This year, the dogs will be available from 8 to 10 p.m. in rooms 106P and 106T. They also will make several other appearances at the library during Finals Week.

Finals Mania, a tradition at UH that happens at the end of the fall and spring semesters, is meant to provide a quick break for students who’ve been studying hard for final exams. This year, the event will take place from 8:30 to 11 p.m. – a full 30 minutes longer than previous ones.

The additional time is a result of its growing popularity. Around 1,800 students are expected to line up for the highlight of the event: the food. They are able to get a helping of pancakes with a wide variety of toppings, turkey sausage, as well as coffee, orange juice or hot chocolate.

“With each passing year, students are flocking more and more to Finals Mania for the food, fun and friendship,” said Maria Honey, assistant director of marketing and communications for Auxiliary Services and Student Housing and Residential Life. “In addition, more students are living on campus, and so our attendance numbers should grow even more.”

Finals Mania, which is hosted by Auxiliary Services, Dining Services and UH Libraries, will get started with members of the UH band performing several songs from the balcony of the Rockwell Pavilion. After that, the students will move through the food line. A small army of volunteers from the UH community help make the process run smoothly.

Before they leave and return to studying, they can get some free snacks and also collect Cougar Trading Cards.

More volunteers are always welcome. Those interested in volunteering should contact Jessica Mize, marketing coordinator for Auxiliary Services, at 832-842-9141 or