SGA plans scavenger hunt, therapy dog visit

By Zachary Thomas, Staff Writer –

scavenger huntTwo events are planned by the Student Government Association as students begin

preparations for finals week: a scavenger hunt and therapy dogs on campus.

The scavenger hunt is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in the

Blue and Gold room.

Everything will take place on the GooseChase app, so students need to bring a

smartphone.

Participants will take photos of activities and upload them to the app.

Members of SGA will then award points to teams. Prizes will be awarded to the top-

scoring teams, including gift cards, MCC gear, and other items.

While this event is intended for students, participants may bring one friend or family

member.

Teams will consist of up to five members, and teams will be formed at the beginning of

the hunt.

Directions and team formation will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the race will start at 5 p.m. It

will conclude at 6:30 p.m. with free pizza and punch as well as more prize drawings.

To be eligible for the additional prizes, students need to register by Tuesday, April 4,

using the QR code or google short link shown in the accompanying graphic.

This event is planned as a fun relaxing time to spend with friends and enjoy some

friendly competition

“Its purpose is to promote school spirit and show students that getting involved at MCC

is fun and rewarding, said Emily Buffum, SGA president. “We aim to help make students proud

to attend MCC.”

The therapy dog event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and

Wednesday, April 18-19, in the Gerber Lounge.

Therapy dogs from the West Michigan Therapy Dogs organization will be on hand for

students to interact with.

“Exams are a stressful time for students,” said Derek Jakielk of SGA. “We saw that some

other colleges have had therapy dogs come to campus to help students de-stress. Every time I

asked people about having a therapy dog event here, their face would light up and I knew we had

to make it happen.”

The main point of the event is to help students de-stress from the turmoil of exams.

“I’m glad the student government is interested in the student body,” said Eli Fox advisor

of the SGA. “Lots of research shows that interaction with animals truly does alleviate stress

levels during exams. This is of course important.”

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