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Another successful Finals Mania is in the books


By The Auxiliary Services Team

Well, we did it again.

Through some hard work, collaboration and dedication, another successful Finals Mania took place last week. The twice-a-year tradition happens at the end of the spring and fall semesters, providing weary students a welcome break from studying for final exams.

Like it always has, the event took place in the M.D. Anderson Library. It’s main draw? Pancakes.

Lots and lots of pancakes.

Although it started at 8:30 p.m., students start lining up about an hour in advance so they can be one of the first to go through the serving line and receive a plate of pancakes and turkey sausage. There was also plenty of orange juice, coffee (iced and hot) and water to wash it down with. Soda, water and all sorts of snacks were also available.

By the numbers

Finals ManiaBy our own count, 1,463 students came through the line. A little more than 4,600 pancakes were served. About 600 of those were made right on the spot by volunteers representing various campus departments and organizations. The rest were prepared prior to the event. That included 2,325 chocolate chip pancakes, 1,000 blueberry, and 720 plain.

Along with their plate of flapjacks, they ate 3,264 links of turkey sausage, which equates to 204 pounds.

Here’s a breakdown of the amount of other items served at the event. It gives a great perspective on what a monumental undertaking this is:

  • 75 gallons of orange juice
  • 60 gallons of coffee
  • 12 gallons of syrup
  • 31.25 pounds of butter
  • 12 gallons of strawberries
  • 42 cans of whipped cream (14 ounce size)
Finals Mania volunteer servers

Shout out to all the volunteers

The event, which is sponsored by Auxiliary Services, Dining Services, UH Libraries, Canteen Vending and Coca-Cola, could not happen without the help of volunteers.

In all, 80 people – which includes staff, students and faculty – gave of their time to help. About 32 of them were dedicated to serving pancakes. Others manned the drink stations, serving up orange juice, hot coffee and iced coffee. Some dished up syrup, whipped cream and other toppings. Others handed out tickets or manned the volunteer check-in table.

In other words, there were volunteers doing all sorts of things to make the event run like a well-oiled, fine-tuned machine.

A little history lesson

Finals Mania first took place at the end of the fall 2008 semester. That very first event in the library drew more than 500 students – twice as many as we had expected to show up. It also happened later in the evening, running from 10 p.m. to midnight.

The original idea for Finals Mania was suggested by Student Government Association President Sam Dike. Jonas Chin, who is now the development director for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, served alongside Dike as the SGA vice president back in 2008. He said the idea of holding some kind of event for students stemmed from administrators and campus leaders – the SGA, Faculty Senate and Staff Council – wanting to connect with students and do something positive for them.

“We had heard from other schools that the Finals Mania concept had worked on their campuses. I’m very happy to see the tradition continuing forward to this day,” said Chin. “It was and still is a great collaboration between SGA, Auxiliary Services, M.D. Anderson Library and administration.”

 

posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017