The Student Union Building (SUB) hosts its semi-annual Late Night Breakfast event Sunday, May 11 from 8 to 10 p.m. There are a number of activities planned including breakfast, live music, t-shirts, giveaways, pancake eating contest, raffle prizes, ping pong and two photo booths. The event is open to all University students with a Lobo ID. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The SUB has been hosting events of this type for 20 years, offering a great way for students to blow off some steam before final exams hit and to provide a sense of community to students feeling stressed out. The Late Night Breakfast was the first event of its kind to be brought to the UNM campus. Students wanted an event the night before finals that would nourish them.
University students across the country and around the world have found pre-exam stress relief to be a valuable tool in preparing for exam success. Late night breakfasts are in schedules at universities from Loyola and Tulane to Columbia and Cambridge.
Though common among educational institutions, the history of the event has been lost over the years. The need for stress relief is mentioned in exam preparation guides, internet lists and discussed on campus as much as the formation of study groups. Yet no one seems to know when or where the first Late Night Breakfast took place.
“My favorite part is the entertainment," said Ariel Boswell, a student intern who works in the SUB. "We have some great local bands coming.”
Live entertainment will be provided by local Albuquerque bands, Gozur and Port Alice, as well as a local DJ. Prizes include an Xbox gaming headset, a Pill from “Beats by Dr. Dre,” a 32-inch television and prizes from local Albuquerque businesses.
UNM sophomore and student coordinator of the event, Sarah McPhee said, “I am really excited about the way things are shaping up. We have a ton of support from our sponsors and the UNM community. We anticipate a great student turnout this semester."
The event draws mostly underclassmen, but juniors and seniors attend as well. Some seniors have even made the pancakes for dinner event a tradition during their time here at UNM.
Last semester, nearly 700 students attended. This semester the SUB is expecting 700-900 students. Students must bring their UNM Lobo ID in order to receive prizes and free food. The winners of the raffle will be announced at 9:45 p.m. in the SUB Atrium. Winners must be present in order to win. Satellite coffee will open at 7 p.m. with free coffee for students waiting in line.
For more information visit: Late Night Breakfast.