Finals got you down? Think the only way to ease the pain is to “hit the bottle?” Luckily, several campus groups and organizations have planned enough exciting events to lure the most dedicated students out of the stacks and away from future Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

The first event to kick off the stress-filled week is a Lemonade Beirut Tournament held in the Hirst Lounge on Friday, Dec. 12 starting at 3:15 p.m. Entry cost is $5 per doubles team, and sign-up begins Monday, Dec. 8, at 11 p.m. on the second floor of Wilson Commons. The event, sponsored by the Students’ Association Senate, aims to introduce the game of Beirut to various administrators in a positive environment.

Free cheesecake and massages from a professional masseuse will be offered in Friel Lounge on Friday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For classy event, appropriately dubbed “Cheesecake and Massage,” you can thank the Freshman Class Council.

If you’re a senior, get your cheesecake and head on over to the Great Hall of Rush Rhees Library for the “Ultimate Study Break,” sponsored by the Senior Class Council. This event is a wine and cheese party with a 1920s theme. Wine, hors d’oeuvres and great music from a live jazz band will surely clear your mind of any finals doubts. Tickets are on sale at the Common Market for $5.

If you need more massage after Friday’s “Cheesecake and Massage,” the Susan B. Anthony Hall Council will host a professional masseuse to instruct you in the art of massage. Other relaxtion methods will be offered, such as the use of soothing tea bags.

The Sue B. Hall Council will hold their annual “Sue B. Scream” on Sun., Dec. 14 at midnight. At midnight, participants walk outside to scream for a minute to release the stresses of studying. Afterwards, everyone rushes back into the warmth of Friel Lounge for snacks and hot chocolate. All those interested should meet in Friel Lounge at 11:55 p.m.

ARAMARK is also jumping on the “de-stress bandwagon” with three snack times during finals week. The breaks will be offered from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15 at Danforth Dining Center, Tuesday, Dec. 16 at Douglass Dining Center and Thursday, Dec. 18 in Wilson Commons.

However you choose to relax in the coming weeks, make sure you take time for yourself. Sometimes, a break is all you need to regain focus.

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