Final Preparation: College To Send Students Outdoors to Play
BOSTON, MASS. — On April 17, one of the last full days of classes for the spring semester at Boston’s Northeastern University, administrators have come up with an old-fashioned way to help students decompress before final exams.
Paul Tukey, author of Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games and founder of the Lawn Games for Life campaign, will offer a lecture and book signing in the university library at noon, followed by an afternoon of the games Tukey features in his book — from bocce, badminton and croquet, to lesser known discoveries such as Molkky from Finland, Kubb from Norway and double ball from Native Americans.
The event was the brainchild of Executive Professor Ron Whitfield from Northeastern’s College of Business Administration, who has invited Tukey — a well-known environmentalist focused on toxin reduction in the landscape — to lecture at his courses on business sustainability for the last several years.
“We think that Paul’s message of pesticide and fertilizer reduction, and this new book that encourages people of all ages to take time away from computers and video games, dovetails perfectly with Northeastern’s goals of sustainability,” said Whitfield, an economist. “We think students will thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to get outside and run around prior to what is traditionally a high stress time on campus. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of laughter, smiles and re-living of childhood memories.”
The student organizers say the interest among their peers has been strong.
“We have several student groups excited about this,” said Karly Domsky, Marketing and Event Planning Co-op for the Northeastern University Libraries. “It’s going to be a really, really fun way to get outdoors before finals.”