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Transylvania is using man’s best friend and special events to counteract stress of a student’s worst enemy—finals

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania is expanding its annual Stress Fest from one day to a full week of events designed to help students reduce the pressure of their finals and end-of-term projects. Offerings include a Relaxation Station—with free 10-minute massages from Lexington’s Solar Massage—and a dog petting room, which was suggested by Student Government Association President Charli Fant.

“We wanted to give students multiple opportunities, so, if at any point during the high-stress time at the end of the term, they wanted to go out and relieve some of that, they had the chance,” said Amy Jo Gabel, director of student involvement and leadership.

Other events include basketball games, a Gift of Holiday concert, an improv comedy show and morning yoga classes.

“If students need to blow off some steam, listen to music or just have someone rub your shoulders, we’ve got it,” Gabel said.

The full list of Stress Fest events is as follows:

Friday, Dec. 7
A Gift of Holiday music concert
7:30 p.m., Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Saturday, Dec. 8
Women’s basketball game
1 p.m., Clive M. Beck Center

Men’s basketball game
3 p.m., Clive M. Beck Center

ImprompTU improv show
9 p.m., William T. Young Campus Center

Sunday, Dec. 9
Relaxation Station with massages
2-6 p.m., William T. Young Campus Center

Monday, Dec. 10
Free yoga class
8:15 a.m., Clive M. Beck Center

Tumbling gym with trampolines, foam pits, and more (Legacy Gymnastics)
Shuttle leaves from Beck Center steps at 10 a.m. and noon.

Holiday open house at CARE House (439 W. Fourth Street)
Visit the offices of community service, religious life, and Americorps VISTA and enjoy holiday refreshments.
1-3 p.m.

Late Night Breakfast
Students served late night breakfast by faculty and staff.
9 p.m., Forrer Dining Hall

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Free yoga class
8:15 a.m., Clive M. Beck Center

Dog petting room  
11 a.m.-1 p.m., William T. Young Campus Center

Wednesday, Dec. 12
Free yoga class
8:15 a.m., Clive M. Beck Center