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Students find peace to study

Nov. 30, 2006

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Melea Burke/Lariat staff
Dustin Dorsett, a junior from the Woodlands, Nacogdoches sophomore Lindsey Finley and Houston freshman Courtney Ervin piece together a project Wednesday for their business class in the Moody Memorial Library foyer. The library will extend its hours until 3 a.m. for study days and during final exams. Seventh and James Baptist Church also offers study space for students until 3 a.m. during finals.
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By SARAH VIESCA
Reporter

With finals a week away and students dealing with plenty of stress already, the one thing they won't have to worry about is finding a good place to study.

From 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday, Seventh and James Baptist Church will be providing all students with a spacious studying environment.

"We're just trying to provide a place to study," said Matt Rosencrans, minister to students.

Seventh and James has been opening its doors during finals for about the past 10 years, he said. Each semester the church sets up college study tables for plenty of study space and also provides free snacks.

"Usually we serve hot coffee, chips and dip and several church members bake cookies for the students," Rosencrans said.

Turnout at the church varies from year to year mostly because of the weather, Rosencrans said, but usually several hundred students come throughout the week.

Rosencrans said several teachers often show up to grade papers and will help students if they have a question and some even hold small study sessions the day before the final.

While students are able to enjoy the available space and food, they are required to sign in and out.

Rosencrans said the reason for this is not to keep tabs on people or try to contact them to join the church, but for safety reasons. Students are also asked to be respectful of the building to prevent any damages.

If students feel more comfortable studying on campus, Moody Memorial Library has extended it's operating hours till 3 a.m. during the days of finals this semester, providing students with two additional study hours.

"The extension of hours will include the whole library and not certain sections," Internal Vice President Travis Plummer said.

Plummer said he was pushing for the library to be open 24 hours, but when he spoke with Library Dean Bill Hair, he said it wasn't financially possible.

Some students prefer to study alone and select their own locations to study or create a schedule to study at one place only for a few hours.

Nathalie Pelka, a freshmen from Ventura, Calif., said she won't be studying at the library because she doesn't like it, and will study in various spots throughout campus instead.

"In the morning I'll study in my room, during the day probably a coffee shop and at night a quite spot like the lobby of my dorm," Pelka said.