Archive for Saturday, December 5, 2009

University group to use puppies to chase finals stress away

December 5, 2009

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— A Chapman University student group wanted to find a way to relieve stress during finals week, so they came up with an innovative approach: puppies.

On Wednesday, in the middle of “cram week,” a bunch of puppies will be stationed outside the university library for students to pet and play with. The event is being organized by the university’s Active Minds club, which promotes mental awareness.

“It has been proven that having a dog helps relieve stress, so we thought it would be a cute idea if we brought some furry friends on campus,” said Jennifer Heinz, a sophomore and integrated educational studies major who helped organize the event.

Heinz said her poodle-and-Maltese mix, Bindi, helps her relax. “I love my dog,” she said. “Dogs are always so happy and want to play, and that helps make you happier.”

Heinz said she’s received comments from other students expressing excitement about the cuddly canines.

“You can automatically see on someone’s face when something happy comes to them, and little dogs are a cute way of doing that,” she said. “It’s a nice way to step back from reality and just be stress-free for a moment.”

Active Minds will also have pamphlets and resources available about how students can reduce stress and take care of themselves during finals, said Megan Brown, the group’s adviser and a counselor for Student Psychological Counseling Services.

The pooches — 10 Malteses, Yorkshire terriers, pugs and dachshunds — will come from Puppies and Reptiles for Parties, a Southern California company.

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