Sammy Spartan in class

Cramming? We’re Here to Help!

Sammy Spartan in class

It’s time to take those exams! Go Sammy go!

Check out all the exam week specials offered by Parking Services, King Library, Spartan Shops, Spartan Bookstore, Associated Students and Housing Services:

“Any holders of park-and-ride permits or one-day-a-week or two-day-a-week parking permits can park on campus May 15 through May 22. So even if you don’t have a full-price permit, you can park in campus garages during exam week. The park-and-ride shuttles will operate Wed., May 15, through Tues., May 21.” — Denny Yau, Parking Services assistant manager

“King Library will be open all night during much of exam week. Get the details here. On Fourth Cafe will be open until midnight on May 14, 15, 16, 19 and 20. Before cafe workers leave for the night, they will set up a free coffee stand for students hitting the books through the night. On May 17, the cafe closes at 5 p.m., so coffee will be available beginning around 5:30 p.m.” — Bridget Kowalczyk, King Library senior assistant librarian

“Spartan Shops is ready to help you prepare for finals! Our eateries will have special, extended hours during finals week, including On Fourth Cafe which will close at midnight for everyone studying late at King Library. To start the first day of finals, find our Nesquik team in front of the Village Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed., May 15, and get a free bottle of Nesquik chocolate milk! Plus, find pencils, scantrons, green books, and drinks at our various dining locations.” — Stephanie Fabian, Spartan Shops marketing manager

“The Spartan Bookstore is here for all of your exam and graduation needs!! We have blue books, scantrons, pencils and smiling employees ready to wish you the best on your final exams! For your convenience, we will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., May 18 and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sat., May 25. Good Luck Spartans!!” — Ryland Metzinger, Spartan Bookstore director

“Students can usually find a quiet space in the A.S. House Fireside Room during business hours. The A.S. Student Programming Board hands out snacks and other giveaways across campus during exam week. The Computer Services Center will open early at 7:30 a.m., and the Print Shop will be open extended hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri., May 24.” — Kelli Williams, Associated Students associate executive director

“In order to better meet the study needs of all housing residents, the Living Learning Center (LLC) located on the first floor of Campus Village Building B has expanded its hours during finals. The LLC will now be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily through Tues., May 21. This space is designed for group and individual study, with quiet study after 8 p.m.” — Stephanie G. Hubbard, Residential Life associate director

Commencement is right around the corner! Check out what Sammy’s been up to as he prepares to graduate.

Zipcars Now Available at SJSU!

Zipcars Available Now Near SJSU!

As a student, I’ve always had access to a bus or light rail for getting around town. But when I heard the car sharing service Zipcar expanded to San Jose, I decided to give it a try.


It was easy for me to reserve a car online; I just picked the day, block of time, and one of three pick up locations in the San Jose downtown area. With my membership, I could chose from over 31 makes and models, from the eco-conscious to the extended range, or even a Mercedes! I chose a crimson and white-stripped supercharged Mini Cooper Convertible for my shopping jaunt off campus.

There was no out-of-pocket charge while I had the car. My membership, consisting of a discounted yearly student membership rate and a low one-time application fee, included up to 180 miles a day and free gas. The gas card was located above the driver’s visor and used exactly like an ATM card. It was also comforting to know that insurance was covering me the whole time I was driving. I was only paying for the cost of the reservation, which was the time I was driving the car, starting at around $8 an hour.


The ease of me walking up to my car, opening it and being able to go was the highlight of my experience. I held my access card on the scanner outside the driver’s dash to unlock it. The hardest concept to grasp was the fact that the keys are built right in the car. I didn’t have to worry about parking near campus because there was already a spot reserved for me.

Having a Zipcar for a day really made me think about comparing Zipcar to owning your own car. Even though you had to be somewhat of a planner in order to get your car when you want it, I could easily save several hundred dollars and miles on car expenses with car sharing.


It’s also great for the environment, fewer cars on the road means saving gas and oil, which means less pollution and overall, a higher green impact.

So all this means everyone living on campus doesn’t have to feel stranded in the middle of the city. Car sharing can grant you the freedom to run some errands or go to an appointment, or even help you move, and as a student that’s great flexibility and convenience when you want it!