By Amy Huber, Editor –
When thinking of final exams, people generally conjure up images of students sitting in a
room for two hours, number two pencil in hand, staring at the first question in horror while
everything leaned that semester slowly slips from their minds.
However, for some courses, the final consists of a presentation or performance.
For example, the students in Mary Tyler’s English 223 Poetry Writing Seminar do a
public poetry reading as their final exam.
The assignment was to present a three- to five-minute reading of poetry and talk about the
“It doubled as a celebration of our poetry,” said Emily Bluffton, a student in the class, “so
we invited the public to come if they wanted to.”
Another student said he valued the experience.
“I specifically learned the importance of setting aside time for the creative process,” said
Michael Dietz. “I found a huge chunk of my voice…I really did.”
Students in Sheila Wahamaki’s Theater 202 Acting II and Tom Harryman’s Theater 204
Improvisation for the Actor class presented Studio on Stage, a series of short performances, some
of which were student-written.
The event was billed as “where classroom meets stage,” according to Wahamaki.
She added that the performance is “a way of shining the light on students at the end of the
Another alternative final exam consists of displays created by students in Andy Wible’s
PHL 102 business ethics class and currently set up in the Overbrook Lobby.
Featured Image: Students in TH 204 Improvisation for the Actor, played the role of Mr. Know-It-All, providing on-the-spot answers to audience questions. They named their troupe Lowered Expectations. – Photo by Amy Huber.