End-of-semester stress-reliever events now underway
December is one of the busiest months in the academic year for students, filled with final assignments, exams, and presentations. A number of activities are being held across the campus to offer students some relief from the stress of studying and meeting deadlines.
The Robertson Library’s Stress-Free Zone is one such area that is in full swing, operating throughout the exam period and featuring board games, treats from Chartwells, and a comfortable spot to take a break. The Office of the President hosted its annual Festive Coffee and Cookie Break at the W.A. Murphy Student Centre on December 6, while a number of departments across campus are providing healthy grab-and-go snacks at various times and locations.
A favourite tradition is the chili lunches, this year taking place on December 6 and 7 at the Chaplaincy Centre. Robert “Rocky” Paquet, a long-time service worker with UPEI’s Facilities Management department, was famous for the free exam-week spread that he organized for students twice a year. Rocky’s untimely death in July 2017 after a brief illness affected so many on campus that they vowed to carry on his legacy.
Sister Sue Kidd, Campus Minister and Rocky’s lunch collaborator, extended her gratitude to the faculty, staff, members of the Student Union, and staff at The Wave who stepped up to ensure the lunches continue. She added, “This year's menu will be healthier, generate less waste, and reflect the international diversity of the campus. In addition to chili, a vegetarian curry will be served!”
Last week on #GivingTuesday, students, friends, family, and colleagues gathered to unveil a plaque that dedicates the kitchen in the recently renovated Chaplaincy Centre to Rocky. Ways to donate towards the creation of a student award in Rocky’s memory were also announced: