By Tony Lopez

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It’s finals week at Sacramento State University, but tonight the students are giving us an assignment: get some answers!

One question, in particular, was a bit bizarre. It has to do with a unique work of art made from  fallen leaves. But we start with a familiar campus companion: stress.

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The backpacks are full and the pace is fast at Sacramento State these days. Finals week will do that to you. But what is stress doing to the 30,000 or so students who go here? And how are they dealing with it?

“Best thing I can do is not procrastinate because normally the stress you put on yourself is by doing it at the last minute,” said student Isaiah Alexander.

Our buddy Isaiah has it in check. But what resources are provided by the school to help students chill during tense times?

“So students have a lot going on right now. They’re studying and have a lot on their plates, and so we offer quick things that they can feel — just 10, 15 minutes a little de-stress,” said Sac State health educator Jennifer Burton.

Drop-in free counseling is one thing offered, along with free yoga classes, and the ever-popular puppy therapy.

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The local SPCA teams up with the university for this. Students can cuddle with furry friends for a few minutes of stress free unconditional love.

 Now, let’s go for a walk on the fallen leaves in between Calaveras and Alpine halls where some students are looking up then scratching their heads at what looks like crop circles.

Who’s behind this sculpted slice of nature? A woman by the name of Joanna Hedrick, who works in the registrar’s office, ccame up with this Rake Art, she calls it. And students are glad she did.

Not everyone is happy about our final stop on this campus road tour. Sure, they love the idea of Sac State building student housing on what’s been traditionally a commuter campus. But to do it, they had to take out 240 coveted parking spaces, which leads to Melanie’s question: “What is Sac State doing in terms of parking since there is hardly any on campus and it’s really difficult?”

Sac State officials tell us other parking spaces have been created to ease the crunch and “the top floor of parking structure 2 is reserved exclusively for residence hall permit owners,” says a statement from the college.

Plus, free shuttle service from dusk until just before midnight is also available — along with a campus safety escort.

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