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Puppies ease finals stress at Queens College

| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos and video by Melissa Chan

Dog-tired Queens College students, cramming during finals week, put their studying on “paws” to pet some fluffy pooches.


Nearly 3,000 scholars visited the “Puppy Room” at the college’s library this week to de-stress with the help of some cute canines.

“The response has been overwhelming. The demand is incredible,” said Matthew Louie, president of the Student Association, which created the pet fest. “Students seem livelier. Some are actually coming down to the puppy room before every final.”

Six pups and two adult dogs from Puppy Paradise, a pet spa and resort in Brooklyn, were on hand from Dec. 16 to 18 to help students unwind.

They helped sophomore Samantha Mustafich momentarily forget about her upcoming three finals, including a dreaded calculus exam.

“I’m just so stressed. I [came here] all three days,” said Mustafich, 16, of Fresh Meadows. “The puppies put me in such a good mood. I feel like I can do it.”

The tail waggers ranged in age from 12 weeks to 13 years old. They included a Boston terrier, dachshund, Yorkshire terrier-poodle, a one-year-old Australian shepherd named Edward Scissorhands and Jimmy, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever.

Rolf Swensen, the college’s acting chief librarian, watched in amazement.

“Have you ever seen so many smiles during finals week?” he asked. “The grades will go up — watch.”



Colgate Games continue

| smosco@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Colgate Women’s Games

The exciting days of track and field continue at the preliminaries leading up to the 38th Annual Colgate Women’s Games Finals, the finale of the nation’s largest amateur track series for girls and young women. The Games has long served as a fostering environment for young athletic talent, having produced hundreds of national age/grade division champions and more than 20 Olympians.

Preliminaries continue until the finals on January 21 at Madison Square Garden.

Preliminary and Finals Schedule:

Elementary A & B Divisions
A- 1st through 3rd Grades
B – 4th through 5th Grades
Sunday, January 15, 2012– 9 a.m.

Middle School Division
6th through 8th Grades
Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 9 a.m. High School Division

9th through 12th Grades
Friday, January 13, 2012 – 5 p.m.

College Division
Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 9 a.m. 30’s Plus

Semi Finals – All Divisions
Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 9 a.m.

Shot Put – Finals
Mid-School, High School, College/Open/30’s Plus
Date to be determined – 4 p.m.
Shot put finals are held at Pratt Institute during the week prior to the MSG finals.
Announcements will be made during the semifinals, or check web site for details.

Finals at Madison Square Garden
The finals (except shot put) of the Colgate Women’s Games will be held in
Madison Square Garden, Saturday, January 28th, 2012 – 10 a.m.
Athletes should arrive at Madison Square Garden at 8 a.m.
Tickets to the Madison Square Garden Finals will be available in January, 2012.