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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Emory students require help from dogs to pass exams

Back when I was in college — way back in 2005 — we dealt with the stress of exam week the old fashioned way. We guzzled mouthwash or rubbing alcohol (whatever we could get our hands on), and smoked cigarettes we rolled by hand using the probably toxic pages of sexually explicit library books. I can still feel Flaubert's words burning in my chest.

Students these days have a warmer, fuzzier option ... LITERALLALALAALLALLLY. From Emory's news center:

This spring, for the first time, the Emory law library offered to put a warm, fuzzy face on finals week, offering students, faculty and staff a chance to take a different kind of stress break.

The invitation was simple: Would you like to pet a dog?

Third-year Emory Law student Will Romine didn't need to be asked twice. He entered the Fyr Rare Book Room, dropped to all fours, and began romping with 5-month-old Jazzy, a flirtatious Labradoodle.
The student wellness project, which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. over six days, employed six dogs per day, working for two-hour shifts in teams of two. Participants signed up to spend time with the dogs in 20-minute intervals. Several returned for repeat visits.

In the laughter and sighs, you could feel the tension evaporate.

You know what we had to cuddle with in the library? Rats. But usually we just ate them because our ailing bodies required the protein.


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