The University Students’ Council plans to provide stressed students with solace by staging the second annual Purple Finale. The event will include several activities and complementary food to provide tired students with respite from their busy schedules.
“The purpose of Purple Finale is to say thank you to all students for an incredible year and to provide an opportunity for students to relax and de-stress just before final exams,” Nicole D’Alessandro, vice-president student events, explained. “Purple Finale is an initiative that the entire USC executive is extremely passionate about and we hope that students will enjoy what we have planned.”
Andrew Forgione, USC president, also emphasized the importance of Purple Finale in mitigating the stress of exam time.
“It is undertaken to say thank you to students for an amazing year, and as a pre-exam de-stressor,” he explained. “[Purple Finale is] a place where students can go to clear their heads and have some entertainment in between studying.”
According to Shelagh Hodson, director of student health services, this kind of event provides a tangible benefit for students looking to manage their stress levels.
“Fun activities would help as they are social, and give support and needed respite to a busy academic schedule,” Hodson explained.
This year’s event promises to be an evolution from last year’s.
“Purple Finale was an initiative that was developed by last year’s USC executive, and this year we are hoping to expand the variety of performances and activities that will be taking place throughout the day,” D’Alessandro explained. “The line-up will include a variety of musical performances, free snow cones and cotton candy, and Zorb ball races on Concrete Beach.”
Forgione also affirmed D’Alessandro’s sentiments, promising this year’s Finale would be even better than last year’s successful event. He even alluded to a surprise ending.
“This year we are vamping it up to have more live acts, more entertaining events, and a final surprise.”
The USC staff will be on-hand to oversee the festivities, and will have teams monitoring the varying activities.
“We have the USC staff on hand to help out with Purple Finale. This consists of our InfoSource, Student Life and IT teams,” Forgione explained. “It can be seen as a year-end student appreciation coming from our student leaders.”
Forgione expressed his enthusiasm for the event, hoping it would prove a great conclusion to the year.
“We are incredibly excited for this year’s event, and it is the USC’s final goodbye before the summer starts and exams end,” he explained. “It has been a year filled with memories, and we want students to cherish this last one as they travel home, either far or nearby, to their families.”