April 6, 2005

Classes end at McMaster

Students have closed their books on the 2004-05 academic term.

Classes ended Wednesday, April 6, and students will now prepare to write a total of 72,641 exams from April 8-26. Exams will be held at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day, excluding Sundays. For the exam schedule, click here.

Due to construction activities on Main Street West and at the Ivor Wynne Centre, students are encouraged to leave early and allow extra time when traveling to campus to write exams.

The busiest locations during the 18-day exam period are McMaster's libraries and the McMaster University Student Centre. As a result, McMaster Libraries have extended its hours of operation and the student centre and Union Market will be open 24 hours during most of the exam period.

To help students prepare, the McMaster Students Union Student Life Committee (SLC) has co-ordinated an All-Night Study Program in the McMaster University Student Centre. From April 7-25, each night the All Night study Program will run from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. There will be both silent and discussion areas, as well as meeting rooms available for students to use.

"This program provides an excellent opportunity for students to study in a safe, comfortable enviroment with a constant supply of refreshments throughout the night," says Rob Kelly, co-ordinator of the program.

A 22-hour quiet time also has been imposed in most residences and halls during the exam period.

Student Walk Home Attendant Team (SWHAT) volunteers are available to walk students home between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. seven days a week until April 28. For a walk home call ext. 27500. SWHAT is a free call from any campus payphone.

"SWHAT operates anywhere on campus and within a 30-minute radius of campus, so we are available to walk people to cars, houses, libraries or even wait with people at bus stops," says Kelly Kavanagh, SWHAT co-ordinator.

The SWHAT office is located in MUSC 103 (behind the Compass Desk in the student centre). Requests for walks as well as reservations also are accepted from this location.

SWHAT is a free volunteer service of the McMaster Students Union. Teams consist of one male and one female volunteer who are equipped with SWHAT jackets (for identification), a flashlight, and a radio that is monitored by McMaster Security Services at all times.

"We will escort people anywhere within our boundaries regardless if they are a student, staff member, a community resident, or a visiting guest," Kavanagh says.