Free DeStress packs and StressLess Week

December 1, 2016  |   Found in Advocacy // News

We’re almost there!

It sure is hard to believe the semester is almost over! The past few months have flown by and it’s almost time for exams.

Napping, Wagging Tails, and Destruction

We know that the end of the semester is crunch time and you’re no doubt pulling all-nighters and spending every spare moment studying for exams, so we’re going to finish the semester with our annual SU event: StressLess Week! We have a week full of stress-relieving and fun activities in MacHall to give you a little break before you get back at it. Next week (Dec. 5 – 9) throughout MacHall.

DeStress Swaaaag!

Watch for our updates on social media to find out where your Elected Officials will be handing out 750 DeStress Packs full of goodies to help get you through final exams. They’ll also be available in the SU office after Dec. 12. Follow us @SUUofC or

Legit (research-based) ways to DeStress

There are tons of on and off campus resources to help you through the next couple of weeks. We’ve put together a list of resources that we hope will help you maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, it will be available at the SU front desk, in the DeStress packs and on the SU website. The list includes where to turn if you need to talk to someone, where you can find a doctor if you’re not feeling 100% and where you can find a little extra help writing that last minute paper as well as many more resources you may be interested in. Check out

For your all-nighter and studying pleasure

We know that study space is at a premium this time of year. Sometimes it seems like the only option is to sit down in the middle of a hallway! Your SU understands this and, in an attempt to stem the space crunch, we’re opening up That Empty Space throughout the exam period for students to study in. Located in the lower level of MacHall, That Empty Study Space will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., starting on Monday, Dec. 12 and running on weekdays until Dec. 22. For a complete list of other study spaces on campus, check out

As a little distraction from studying for final exams, here are some fun things that you’ll want to keep on your radar:

Release the YETI!!!!!

Frostbite is the U of C’s official winter games, Jan. 23-27. Throughout the course of a week, teams of students will compete in a series of outdoor and indoor challenges campus wide to earn points for sweet prizes and for serious bragging rights on campus. The team who earns the most points at the end of the week will win the coveted Frostbite Cup and a winter ski vacation for the team. Registration closes on Friday, Dec. 9. Go to for details. Space is limited so don’t delay!

Bring down the hammer on election candidates and GOTV 

Join our election staff team! Work part-time Feb. 1 through Mar. 1 as part of the Election Street Team, assisting with Nomination Days and supervising polling stations. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and class schedule to by Jan. 8, 2016.

Be the SU’s President next year and send out these witty emails. (Or just come hang out with me if you want to know what else I do)

I want to leave you with a final question – have you ever thought about running for a position in the SU? It’s a great place to connect with your faculty and influence university policy. The four VPs and I are full time, salaried positions, and you are always welcome to drop by the office to find out more about what we do. There are also 22 part-time positions representing your faculty or sitting as a student Senate or Board of Governors rep.  Consider running – it’s one of the best things I’ve had the opportunity to do at U of C. Official Nomination packages will be available Jan. 30, but in the meantime we’re regularly updating our election webpages with important information and deadlines. Check out our Run with US workshops to learn more about what it’s like to campaign and become an SLC member:

Good luck on your exams and I’ll see you in the new year!


Stephan Guscott, President
The Students’ Union