Benjamin Edney – Staff Writer
CLARION, Pa.- Typically, the day before finals week is when students can treat themselves to the Late Night Breakfast hosted by Clarion University’s administration. This time, however, as many as 600 students attended the event in the middle of the fall semester after the historic APSCUF strike.
This special occasion was primarily planned to host students in the wake of the faculty strike. Even thought an agreement was reached Friday afternoon, putting students and professors back in classrooms, university administration still concluded its Eagle Spirit Days with the mid-semester Sunday breakfast.
The Late Night Breakfast was open to university students with ID present from 10 p.m. to midnight. Ate pancakes, eggs, toast and more of the usual morning spread. A raffle, open to all attendees, could be found the front where prizes included an Xbox One with “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” a 40-inch television, $250 in University Bookstore credit and the grand prize of a 19 meal plan plus $250 flex meal plan.
Cassie Cooper, Azairea Bronson, Katelin Phillips and Aubrey Hauck respectively won the night’s prizes.
Many students like Thomas Dymack, a senior dual majoring in marketing and management, and Megan Adams, a senior majoring in political science, considered the Late Night Breakfast a crucial event to help students reintegrate themselves into university life and alleviate the stress which they believe had been caused by the APSCUF Strike.
Dymack also credits the university administration’s efforts and said, “They show effort with trying to connect with students.”
Other students including Car Williams, a freshman psychology major; Tracy Wiehe, a freshman dual major in psychology and education; and Matthew Dovidas, freshman dual majoring in environmental biology and environmental geography;expressed views that the event would help students socialize and would help keep spirits positive. They understood the event as supportive of students.