6 Albus Dumbledore quotes to motivate you during finals week

With the occasional finals oriented tweaking, the following quotes should be able to motivate even the most woebegone student to academic excellence during the upcoming finals week.

Also, Puppies.


Fenwick extends library hours for finals

In preparation for final exams, Fenwick Library will be testing new extended hours. From December 8 to 17, Fenwick hours will be open longer than usual. From December 9 through 12, the library will be open for 24 hours, and again on December 16 and 17. The library is hosting the new service to offer students reading days to study for finals.

De-stress over finals

As the end of the semester approaches, assignments start to pile up, and the annual “De-Stress” events begin to pop up all over the Mason campus. By now, students are beginning to feel the stress that accompanies the final exam period. However, stress and anxiety don’t have to be hallmarks of the season. Here are a few ways to ease the tension and stress you may be feeling:

How to cross the finals finish line [OPINION]

As I sit in Fenwick Library and think of the millions of ways I can occupy my time other than writing the two final papers of my college career, I can’t help but laugh at how my habits of procrastination always get in the way of my productivity.

Four years of late-night paper writing, always due to putting reading, research, writing and editing off until the last minute, have still not taught me to use my time wisely.

Top five holiday dates to cap the semester

As finals wind down and the holidays approach, it’s the perfect time to organize a holiday date to awe that special someone. Take a look at these top five holiday date ideas here in the D.C. area that are affordable, but still might get you that kiss under the mistletoe.


5. Getting Cozy

Off-Campus Student Programs office to host end of semester events

Drive-in movies and a study lounge are the latest offerings from the office of Off-Campus Student Programs and Services.

The office is collaborating with Weekends at Mason to sponsor two old-fashioned drive-in movies. The event is reserved for Lot L with movies playing on a large screen set up in the parking lot.

Jackass 3D (rated R), is planned for May 5 at 8:00 p.m. Gnomeo and Juliet (rated G), will show on May 6 at 8:00 pm. Admission and refreshments are free; and both movies are open to the community.

Off-campus students take over George's

Students study in the Off-Campus Students Lounge in George's on Monday. (Jenna Beaver)

Top 10 funniest kid videos [DECEMBER DIVERSION]

Funny videos? Yes, please! Funny videos of kids? Even better!

For Connect2Mason's second December Diversion, we've collected our top 10 favorite funny YouTube videos featuring kids. From classics such as "I Don't Like You Mommy" to lesser known video clips, we hope you can blow off a little steam by laughing at these youngsters.

Our gift and answer to all your studying woes

Beginning to think you should have your own cot in the library? Or that the overnight employees at Starbucks are getting sick of you, even if you're paying a majority of their paychecks?

We know this is the time of the year where you want to slam shut your textbook, wave your fist in the air and cry out, "Darn you, December."

It doesn't have to be.