Finals Mania celebrates 10 years of providing students a much-needed break from the stress of exams
By The Auxiliary Services Team
It seems only fitting that on the day Finals Mania marked 10 years of providing weary University of Houston students a much-needed break from studying for their exams, a new type of pancake made a successful debut at the event: birthday cake.
The new flavor was a hit with students attending the latest installment of the popular tradition on Monday, Dec. 3, in the M.D. Anderson Library. Starting at 8 p.m. and continuing for two hours, students in need of an extra burst of carb-fueled mental energy lined up to get a plateful of delicious pancakes, turkey sausage, beverages and other goodies.
For those 120 minutes, the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion on the library’s second floor was the center of the flapjack universe. Tables manned by smiling volunteers offered up plain, blueberry, red velvet and chocolate chip varieties, in addition to the birthday cake flavor. In keeping with tradition, members of the UH Band kicked off the event by playing a few school songs from the second floor balcony.
Former students in attendance
After the band played, several former students who participated in the very first Finals Mania in 2008 spoke for a few minutes. They included former Student Government Association President Sam Dike, whose energetic talk to students can be seen in the video included in this blog post.
Over the years, several changes and tweaks have been made here and there to the biannual event, which originated 10 years ago through a partnership between the Administration and Finance Division and the library, but it still revolves around the idea of giving a much-needed break – and pancakes, of course – to exam-weary students needing to refuel their minds at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
In all, more than a thousand students went through the line and were served by dozens of helpful and friendly volunteers from all corners of campus.
As far as how much food was prepared and dished out, the numbers are staggering. Approximately 3,600 pancakes, 4,000 turkey sausage links and 50 gallons of hot chocolate were served!
Shout out to the volunteers!
Such a large and popular event couldn’t be accomplished without the help of staff, student and faculty volunteers who gave of their time. Some were participating for the first time, while others have done it for many years. It also could not take place without its sponsors: Auxiliary Services, Dining Services, UH Libraries, Canteen Vending and Coca-Cola.