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Housing & Residence Life holds ‘Rage n Relax’

Eli Randoph
Big Red participates in a car smash during “Rage N Relax” an event hosted by Housing and Residence Life on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. Big Red interacted with students participated in both the “rage” and “relax” events.

WKU Housing & Residence Life held a ‘Rage n Relax’ event Tuesday afternoon on South Lawn where students could participate in activities like axe throwing, car demolition, rock painting, spa massages, bunny holding and getting smoothies and snacks.

The event was held to help relieve anxiety before finals week on the busy college campus, according to Chad Lawhorn, HRL area coordinator. 

“We wanted to provide an opportunity for students to release that tension,” Lawhorn said. 

Several partnerships were made alongside volunteers to help support the event. Bluegrass Massage Institute volunteered time to provide students free massages. Kyle Groves, a freshman computer science major, took the opportunity to get a massage in preparation for  his finals. “I have four finals next week and I’ve got a final paper this week,” Groves said. “This helped.”

“We came out here on a volunteer basis,” Chantz Webb, Bluegrass Massage Institute owner and operator, said. “We wanted to showcase what we are doing. We give all students a $5 discount.”

Ellie Bozarth, a freshman agriculture major, paints a rock as part of “Rage N Relax” an event hosted by Housing and Residence Life on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. (Eli Randolph)

A car was provided by Harp and Sons Salvage for students to destroy with sledgehammers, hammers and baseball bats. 

“I just wanted to let some steam off and to see the damage I did [to] the car,” Janaya Newsom, freshman criminology major, said. Students lined up after they signed a waiver and dressed in safety gear to hit the car.

Students also found comfort by holding bunnies provided by Bryan Drury

“I wish we brought 3 or 4 more,” Drury said after reflecting on the crowd size around the bunnies.

An axe-throwing trailer was set up by Rage’n Axe, a local axe-throwing venue in Bowling Green.

HRL was glad to host the event. 

“We try to do the best we can and give back to the students,”,” Lawhorn said. 

Staff Photographer Adin Parks can be reached at [email protected]


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