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Campus spa could substitute for fall break

Nov. 13, 1998

The end is near. Two weeks remain until our first fall break. The scheduling committee has designated the calendar for the next three years and fall break is missing once again.

Scheduling a fall break is one of the easiest ways for administrators to alleviate student stress.

But it is not realistic to expect a fall break soon, according to the calendar committee chair, Dr. Bill Adams. He said we could expect this to occur in the next five to 10 years.

So to Baylor, I offer this temporary suggestion: a campus health spa with complementary massages for students and faculty once a month. With the swipe of your ID card, you could relax for 30 minutes and forget about that project that is due or the papers you have to grade.

The advantage to the health spa is that the scheduling committee wouldn't have to squeeze one extra break into the fall calendar. Also, the continuous rhythm of the semester wouldn't be lost to one day of relaxation.

Students and faculty would receive four massages as opposed to one day off. This would give us four days to live for rather than just one.

By spreading the relaxation over the whole semester, students and faculty would perform better and be consistently happier. This will help roommate relations that tend to get sticky toward the end of the semester.

By investing in this health spa, Baylor could even extend our life expectancy, for experts say frequent massages help you live longer.

All the administration has to do is hire a few masseuses, find a few extra tables to set up in Rena Marrs McLean gymnasium, and they are in business. The endeavor could develop into a full service spa with almond scrubs and facials for that extra pampering. These would require a fee, of course. It could open its door to the community as well, helping all of Waco to relax.

Or maybe, just maybe, it would be easier to give the students and faculty a fall break. It's just one day versus hiring masseuses and buying tables, not to mention paying someone to schedule massages for the entire campus.

(Sarah Hunter is a senior journalism major from Kerrville.)

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