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WVU rents ice rink to relieve finals week stress

Daily Athenaeum photo by Kristen Uppercue West Virginia University students form a line to keep from falling on the ice skating rink behind the Mountainlair.
Daily Athenaeum photo by Kristen Uppercue
West Virginia University students form a line to keep from falling on the ice skating rink behind the Mountainlair.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Thursday night, Fun Before Finals week brought another opportunity for West Virginia University students to chill before finals start next week. The University rented a portable ice rink for the Mountainlair plaza.

Once again, the goal was to provide students with an easy, inexpensive way to have a bit of fun before hitting the books.

“We were trying to think of things that would really just relax students,” said Sonja Wilson, Lair personnel administration. “That’s why we’ve had the therapy dogs. Just things that you can do on the spur of the moment, you don’t have to plan to be here, so ice skating is one of those things where you can just go out and relax, clear your mind.”

Even students who had no experience skating could try the rink out, such as Marissa Hovey, a psychology student.

“I’ve never ice skated before,” she said. “I am always up for trying new things and I had never ice skated, so I thought, ‘Hey, ice skating, might as well try.’ I saw it on the Fun Before Finals website and I decided if I had time I would come down and try it.”

While the night was cold, heating lamps were set up around the rink…

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