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Campus-wide scream planned to relieve finals stress

When the stress of finals builds up, sometimes you just need to scream.

This semester, ASU’s Undie Run club has a plan to get students doing just that.

The group is organizing the first Devil Yell, a campus-wide scream for students on Reading Day to help free them from the anxiety and stress of finals.

“Wherever you are at 10 p.m., you let out a yell and let out all of your frustrations from the whole semester,” Undie Run vice president Ginger Whitesell said.

Whitesell, a marketing and sustainability junior, said the event is designed to let students feel a sense of liberation and freedom.

“Everyone is going to be really worried and stressed around finals time, but if everyone can scream for just a minute, I think it will have a good impact,” Undie Run public relations director Kayla Frost said. “It’s just fun.”

The club plans to get as many students involved as possible, said Frost, a journalism sophomore. It will be a good bonding experience and bring unification if a lot of people participate, she said.

“If we could get a lot of people involved in it, it will be a lot of fun,” Frost said. “If no one does it, it’s not going to be that great.”

The event has a page on Facebook with 493 confirmed guests as of Tuesday evening.

Journalism freshman Natalie Amato is one student who plans to attend the event.

“It’s a good idea because it will help relieve stress and bring all the students together before finals, where we won’t see each other,” Amato said.

The Undie Run group is a registered club on campus that primarily focuses on planning the annual Undie Run.

The fourth annual Undie Run, which is a charity event that collects clothes for the needy, will take place in May.

The club has increased its staff from 10 members to 12 and now has a better opportunity to hold more events. The Devil Yell is one way they plan to do this, Whitesell said.

The organization is focused on both charity and building tradition at ASU, she said.

The club also teamed up with the ASU Community Service Coalition to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in mid-November. The club primarily focused on collecting clothing items, Whitesell said.

Whitesell and Frost are both excited about the Devil Yell event and hope to see it become another ASU tradition.

“I think it will just be a really cool moment to see everyone together,” Whitesell said.

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