Spring semester at CF is finally on its last week. Time to say goodbye to our spring graduates, enroll for summer or fall classes and prepare for the most stressful time of the year, finals week.
End of the semester exams are a task, but CF understands the frustration students have with the tests. That is why every semester, the Wednesday before finals week, Student Activities Board (S.A.B.) hosts ‘Stress Busters’, an event filled with pie slinging, balloon popping, computer destroying activities just for students to lighten their load of stresses.
The event was held at the Bedford Plaza on April 24 and it had several groups commit to activities for the day. FFEA (Future Florida Educators of Florida) held a water balloon toss, where the future teachers gave the students apples for winning, changing the tradition of students giving apples to their teachers. The P.R.E.P. (Psychological Rehabilitation Education Program) continued the balloon fun, testing students to work together to pop balloons, without using their hands.
“This event is a lot of fun, and I am glad to see that so many people came,” said Yancey Reeder, liberal arts major and S.A.B. member.
Patriot Politics took a physical stress relieving route and allowed students to wear protective equipment and use a hammer to smash a computer monitor or a laptop, which they called ‘Wac-a-Mac’. This was to find revenge in all the times computer technology has malfunctioned and ruined school work.
P.A.N.T.S. (Pantheist, Agnostic, Non-Theist Society) club ran a pie throwing booth because relieving stress has never been sweeter! Members of the club volunteered to be barraged by whip cream on a plate.
S.A.B. had an activity called Blitz Ball on the grass near the Bedford plaza. The entire field was given inflated obstacles where students using air soft guns would attempt to shoot one another. The ammo, air soft balls, were scattered across the field for players to find.
“Blitz Ball stops people from actually committing violence,” said Angel Ortiz Rodriguez, an automotive collisions repair major. “It reduces the urge to actually shoot or harm someone, which is actually pretty common.”
Those who enjoyed the event also received free food catered by Mojo’s Grill. The biggest surprise was having CF’s mascots, Pat and Patty, start up a Harlem Shake in the same area as the Blitz ball game, a moment which brought dozens of CF students and faculty to dance their worries away. Even Dr Henningsen moved with the groove.
The event may be over but the point of the event was to take the stress away.
“’Stress Busters’ is a way for students to celebrate everything they have accomplished this semester,” said Marjorie McGee, coordinator of student life activities. “It is a way to relieve stress before graduation.”