By Brandon Nunley
On December 3rd King university held its annual late-night breakfast, giving students and staff a chance to kick back before finals week. The night consisted of food, games, prizes, and gifts. This popular event gives students the opportunity to relax, enjoy time with friends, and spend time among King community before finals week.
Late Night Breakfast is one of the largest and most anticipated events on campus. “I love Late Night Breakfast because it’s the one event everyone comes to and has lots of fun,” says Wendy Traynor, assistant Professor of Mathematics. Students, staff, and faculty alike packed the dining hall for an evening of holiday fun and socializing.
Students filled up the dining hall lobby anticipating the 8pm start time. Available outside on the Oval was hot chocolate for students who arrived early. Inside the lobby there was a popcorn machine. While waiting for the event to start a “snowball fight” broke out as students tossed marshmallows at each other. In unison, students counted down the final seconds out loud before the event started.
Once the door opened students were greeted with tickets for prize and game raffles. After acquiring tickets, they were able to get in line for food. A spread of eggs, biscuits and gravy, bacon, pancakes, sausage, and cubed potatoes awaited them. Students then headed to their tables where orange juice was available to accompany their breakfast platters.
There was plenty fun to be had between the prize drawings, ugly sweater contest, games, and competitions. The ugly sweater contest was a hit as nearly 20 students participated. Sweaters ranged from Christmas lights, to reindeer antlers and Santa suits. One of the crowd-favorite games was the reindeer chase where contestants chased staff dressed in reindeer antlers and tried to put rings on their head. The gift wrap game was also well received as two students tried to wrap their friend head to toe in streamer paper, bows, and balloons. Every student who participated in a game had a chance to win one of multiple prizes slack provided. Prizes like Beats headphones, duffel bags, and even a TV were up for grabs.
Another activity to be enjoyed was the Christmas themed Kahoots. Two games were played, one was a basic Christmas trivia game and the other was a “guess the holiday song” game. There were as many as 300 participants in both games playing to win a prize. Whether they played a game or not, all students who attended left with a SLACK neck warmer.
An event of this size can be a challenge to orchestrate. Destiny Haller, a member of the SLACK team, says the hardest part was, “Making sure we had everyone on staff ready for the exact game they were working on, we didn’t want any wasted time between games.” Cooking and serving the food, setting up the dining hall, getting prizes together, and decorating requires a great deal of work. A special thanks to the kitchen staff, SLACK, and all other faculty and staff who helped set up and carry out this event.