PULLMAN – Common Reading Tuesdays wraps up the semester-long presentation series at 7 p.m.,  Dec. 2  in Smith CUE 203.
 
“How to Take Care of Your Emotional and Physical Health During Times of Stress” will be presented by Cassandra Nichols of Counseling Services.
 
The Common Reading Tuesdays committee hopes that this presentation will give students tools to handle the stress that comes with dead week and finals week.
 
“Taking time to focus on how students treat their living body seemed like a healthy conclusion to this semester,” said Karen Weathermon, director of Learning Communities.“Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,” the 2008 Common Reading book, has been used by over 3,500 students in dozens of classes across disciplines.
 
In addition to the Common Reading Tuesdays presentation, the theme for the last two weeks, “Post-mortem…Life After Test,” will be continued at the Up All Night Dec. 12 with a booth from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. in the Compton Union Building.
 
“At the Dec. 2 lecture and at the Up All Night we will have a fun surprise for each student,” said Coree Newman, the assistant director of Residence Life and a Common Reading Committee member. The surprises are meant to help and encourage students as they enter the last weeks of the semester.
 
Texas Robinson, Common Reading Committee member, hopes these events will help students handle the unique stressors that come with the end of the semester, which many freshmen will be experiencing for the first time.
 
“A lot of students go home for Thanksgiving, come back to Pullman for three weeks and take finals, head back home for three weeks, and then come back to Pullman again to start a new semester. That can be really stressful. This presentation will help them manage all of those things.”
 
For more information visit the Common Reading Web site at commonreading.wsu.edu.