Last night was the “Late Night Breakfast” – which is held in the Pit from 10pm-midnight. Faculty and staff work alongside our ARAMARK/Campus Dining staff to serve breakfast to students. We know our students are studying for finals and need a break – maybe some carbs and protein too! – to power them through as they burn the midnight oil.
LNB is always a fun affair. There’s great music – thank you, Wake Radio! you were playing some great tunes – and it is fun to see students’ reactions to administrators they may know who are serving food or helping take trays to tables, etc. The Demon Deacon was there as well, high fiving students, sitting at tables and looking at books with them, even dancing.
Speaking of dancing, there were a few moments of pure, unadulterated awesomeness lastnight. Occasionally one or more students would break into a spontaneous dance – tons of energy and verve, great to see. At one point, there were a couple of students and a couple of staff doing a line dance together. The coup de grace for me was a young man in a white t-shirt and red shorts. He was cutting a rug like nobody’s business. Really amazing. I credit both his dancing skills and his confidence. He was rocking it and it was a joy to see.
My job lastnight was to click a counter as students came in the door. Normally when they come in, they have to show their ID and swipe it to use a meal from their meal plan – but last night’s feast was totally gratis, paid for by Campus Life. When students would try to show me their card, I got to tell them ‘this one’s on us, compliments of Campus Life. Eat, drink, and be merry!’ and you would think I had just handed them a $50. Free food for tired students facing finals is always a win. All told, we served 513 students between 10 pm and midnight.
In other campus news, today from 12-2 there was an opportunity for students to come together on the Quad to ‘Claim Our Space.’ The Claim Our Space flyer gives the background about this student-initiated project. Students could tie a red ribbon around the trunk of one of the Quad trees, and/or they could write a message on a notecard and tie that up there. My time there was just before the start of the event so I didn’t get to see it in full swing. Hopefully there will be some pictures.
A final word on finals. Think back and remember how you felt during your own finals week. Students are stressed out, tired, and it’s hard to feel cheerful with exams looming. However, at the Daily Deac, we’re trying to find some light moments. A quick search on finals week memes brought up some funnies. Your students might not be ready to laugh at these, but maybe you are..?
— by Betsy Chapman