Students took a break from studying for finals during Midnight Breakfast, held in the Marvin Center Wednesday night.
Tim Miller, director of Student Activities Center, said the University anticipated a 3,000-student turnout at the 1980s-themed event. Faculty, staff and administrators served french toast, scrambled eggs and hash browns to students at the feast, which was co-sponsored by the Marvin Center, SAC and three student organizations.
GW Class Council also held elections for next year’s executive board and class boards. Sean Holiday, the current treasurer who is running unopposed for president of the group, said that in the past, voter turnout at Midnight Breakfast has been close to 1,500.
“I’m as confident as I can be,” Holiday said of his prospects of winning.
Sophomore Julie Butner, one of six students running for Junior Class Council, said she expected an increased voter turnout because of the breakfast. “A fun event like this will definitely draw a lot of people to vote,” Butner said.
Alpha Phi Omega used the night’s festivities to have students make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for different organizations that help feed the hungry. Senior Kristen Harvey, who helped coordinate the event for the fraternity, said that the tables had been full throughout the night.
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars hosted third-floor activities that included Twister, paper airplane-making competitions and the opportunity to play different 80s video games.
Chemistry professor Martin Zysmilich, who was serving his first midnight breakfast, said he “had no idea” how many students he had served over the course of the night. Zysmilich added that in the morning students would feel “heavy” from all the food they were eating.
Students took time to come to the event for a variety of reasons, ranging from the free food to the showing of 80s movies such as “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
“I’m hoping that they’ll have grits but they probably won’t, so I’ll probably eat a lot of bacon,” freshman Molly Canfield said. There was no bacon at the event.
Senior Joshua Giles, who is a Midnight Breakfast veteran, came for financial reasons as well.
“I’m broke and I’m hungry,” he said.
Freshman Anna Kuhn attended Midnight Breakfast for the second time because “it was very exciting last semester that we got to draw on the tablecloths. It was very stress relieving.”