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Joey Brakus, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2012

Students will no longer be able to rely on Study Day to cram for finals starting in the 2013-2014 school year.

Provost Vice President for Academic and Student Life Marilyn Levine initiated the decision to get rid of Study Day, previously known as Dead Day. Levine sent out a survey roughly two months ago to the student body about whether or not to keep Study Day.


“A lot of the students I talked to never received the survey,” said Allyson Mundy, ASCWU BOD Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Mundy was able to look at the data collected from the survey and it revealed that
roughly 700 students took the survey. Over 10,000 students attend Central, which
means less than 10 percent took the survey.


The survey was used by the provost as the main reason to get rid of Study Day. It
revealed that a considerable amount of students wanted finals week to be Monday
through Thursday.


Twenty percent of the students said they did not care if Study Day stayed or not, while
another 20 percent said they wanted finals scheduled Tuesday through Friday. The
other 60 percent wanted Study Day gone.


“So far I haven’t met a student who actually wants it to be gone,” Mundy said.
“Everybody that I’ve talked to wants Study Day.”


The BOD, as well as the Student Academic Senate, asked the provost to send out
another survey to get more students involved. According to Mundy, Levine said she
would reconsider, but ultimately declined.


“Having one less study day is going to be detrimental to students’ success, especially
for students who are in their majors, because that extra day to study is crucial,” said
Mundy.


Mundy met with the provost a few weeks ago to discuss what could be done to bring
back Study Day, and she was told that there was nothing that could be done.


Mundy was told that the next time students would have any input about Study Day
would be at the end of the 2013-2014 school year when the provost will send out a
survey.


“The chance of Study Day coming back is very unlikely because they are starting to look
into switching over to a semester system,” Mundy said.


Mundy was informed that in the 2013-2014 school year, students will have an
instructional day (Wednesday) in the middle of the quarter, in which they will not have
scheduled classes.


Kaylle Brown, sophomore business administration, said that she takes Study Day as a
free day to do whatever she wants.


“We should keep it though,” Brown said. “There’s no reason not to have it.”


However, not everyone is against the change.


“I would rather have finals week Monday through Thursday,” said Jami Marzano,
freshmen undecided.


Brown and Marzano both said they do not remember receiving a survey concerning
Study Day.

R.I.P Dead Day

 

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