May 18, 2011

Hamline undergraduates, faculty, and staff enjoy a pre-finals tradition

Hamline students know that Sorin dining hall closes at 7:30pm on weekdays during the academic year. They also know that on one very special Thursday at the end of each semester, the doors open again for the Late Night Study Break—an event filled with breakfast food, music, prizes, and Piper camaraderie.

“Finals can be stressful, so we want everyone to be able to come and have fun,” said Kati Alecson, a junior and volunteer for the event.

The event is a biannual Hamline tradition not just for students, but also for faculty, staff, and administration who customarily work the event by serving food, bussing tables, and showing a down-to-earth caring spirit.  College of Liberal Arts Dean of Students Alan Sickbert is a staple at the study break, where he can be seen clearing plates and chatting with undergraduates about finals and their experiences at Hamline.

“I think it’s really cool how professors and administrators work here every semester,” said Brett Volkmann, a junior criminal justice and political science double-major. “It shows they really care.”

Another highlight of the event are the prize drawings that are held throughout the night. This year’s swag included a plethora of themed baskets, an Amazon Kindle, and a flat-screen TV.

Mindy Clark, a junior psychology and business double-major won a Magic Bullet blender and $10 gift card to Target.  "i’m so excited!” Clark said. “I knew tonight was going to be my night.”

But most agree the best component of the Late Night Study Break is that the Hamline community comes together to enjoy a meal, have a laugh, and share Piper pride.

Kati Alecson agrees. “It’s pretty packed in there. This might just be our best turn out yet!

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