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From left, Chris Melhado talks with friends Nick Ferguson and Terry Remondet, who stopped by to encourage the senior from Slidell as he camps out during finals at Louisiana State University this week.  (Credit:  Sydni Dunn) From left, Chris Melhado talks with friends Nick Ferguson and Terry Remondet, who stopped by to encourage the senior from Slidell as he camps out during finals at Louisiana State University this week. (Credit: Sydni Dunn)

By Sydni Dunn | LSU Student

Business management senior Chris Melhado of Slidell has staked out Middleton Library during final week which ends Saturday at Louisiana State University. Melhado, who graduates next week, isn't ensconced in library study room or at quiet desk. He is in The Quad, outside the building, in a tent.

"It was pretty spontaneous," Melhado said on Monday. "We were just on the Parade Ground studying, and it started raining. I had a tent in my car, and my sister said, 'Let's set it up.' So, we came [to the library] ..."

Chris and Sydney Melhado, a landscape architecture major, and a friend, Madeline Kornman, a digital art freshman, have slept in the tent since Sunday and plan to remain until the end of the week. They are only return to their home to grab supplies and shower.

"We're studying in shifts," he said. "I watch the tent whenever they have finals and vice versa."

Melhado said it's been easier to sleep on campus for his early morning finals, noting a 7:30 a.m. exam he had on Monday. It's also been easier for him to concentrate.

"I don't have my computer out here, so I can just look at my notes and books, and I'm not on Facebook the whole time," Melhado said.

While being in the Quad isn't a distraction for Melhado and friends, it's attracting curious stares and chatter around campus.

"Everybody is walking by and taking pictures," Melhado said. "All my friends are letting me know I'm tagged in Facebook pictures on everybody's newsfeed."

He's even had faculty asking questions. "A professor came by and poked his head in to ask if I was occupying or studying."

Mechanical engineering freshman and friend Nick Ferguson said it's typical behavior for Melhado.

"I asked if he was in the library and he said he was in the Quad," Ferguson said, sitting in the tent. "When I came up and saw it I was just like ‘what?' It's sick; it's unique."

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