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OUABe Glad Day aims to pamper students, relieve stress

Ohio State students in need of a mini vacation might have the chance to find a break from the stress of classes.
The Ohio Union Activities Board is hosting its third Glad Day, an event on Monday that Aliza Bruchs, OUAB special events committee chair and a fourth-year in marketing, said will serve as a spa day in the midst of midterms.
“Originally, OUABe Glad Day came about as a way to pamper students … and give them an outlet to relieve their stress and frustrations,” she said in an email. “(It) allowed them to relax for a little while and forget about their other responsibilities.”
OUAB organized two OUABe Glad Days in 2012 that included a mix of aqua massage beds, snacks and warm drinks courtesy of Crimson Cup, hair and nail styling by professionals and relaxation demos put together by Recreational Sports, according to OUAB’s website.
Bruchs said this year’s event features two aqua massage beds and four massage chairs but also includes a new paraffin wax hand bath that will soften hands made rough by the winter.
While no snacks will be provided during the event, students can choose one of six flavors for a complimentary Berry Blendz smoothie on their way out, according to the OUAB website.
Professional hair and nail stylists were scheduled for Glad Day but canceled due to schedule conflicts.
OUAB adviser Hali Buck said she didn’t have information about the cost of the event on hand Sunday evening.
According to The Lantern archives, about 650 students attended the first Glad Day event, and Bruchs said OUAB hopes to draw more visitors this year.
Recreational Sports plans to offer free Zumba and yoga classes, as well as other fitness instruction offerings.
Some students said they appreciate that OUAB organizes events like this for students.
Sophia Ciminello, a second-year in psychology, has never attended an OUABe Glad Day but said she would consider going this year because of added stress in her schedule.
“A lot of the professors are used to teaching on quarters, so they’re used to going at that fast pace, but there’s so much more material,” she said. “I would think about going.”
OUABe Glad Day is from noon to 4 p.m. and is free for students with a valid BuckID.

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