Students love the traditional breakfast before finals week

Ally Janakis ’11 (South Berwick, Maine) loves the traditions at Marietta College.

Whether it’s participating in Doo Dah Day or painting The Rock for a CUB event. But probably her favorite tradition is the annual Late Night Breakfast that is held the Sunday before finals week in the fall.

“The breakfast is so popular among students for various reasons. One is that it is a reward from our teachers and faculty for working so hard and it's nice for us to see them doing something for us,” Janakis said. “It is also a part of tradition that students look forward to every year where we get to come into Gilman Dining Hall with everyone else late at night and have a lot of fun.”

The breakfast starts at 11 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, and runs until 1 a.m., Monday, Dec. 7. David Travis, Director of Student Activities and Greek Life, said they have tried to plan more activities for the students this year for the more than 600 students who participate annually.

“Of course we have the great food served by the Marietta faculty and staff,” he said. “But we also have Pepsi giveaways, a DJ playing tunes all night, a caricaturist and a Stuff-It Build your own stuffed animal project. It should be a lot of fun.”

Students are also asked to bring a canned or non-perishable food donation that will be taken at the door.

“Every year I look forward to getting in line really early with my friends so we can get one of the first tables and then see what sort of entertainment is in store for the event,” Janakis said.

But it’s the food and school spirit that seems to make this a much-anticipated event each fall semester.

“It's a great study break or release of stress for everyone about to start finals,” Janakis said. “It's a really fun atmosphere where the dining hall is so packed students are sitting all over the floor and teachers come right up to your table and take your dishes and will even take it upon themselves to get you seconds.