Once every four years, we keep the TV streaming 24/7 as we rave about our passion for sports we’ve probably never played. Suddenly, we’re all connoisseurs of archery, diving, and hurdling because who doesn’t get wrapped up in the summer Olympics? We critique every move, shriek with tears streaming down our faces as Michael Phelps wins his twenty-third gold medal, all while devouring double-stuffed Oreos.
Not much else can conjure this burst of patriotism other than a late night breakfast for champions. On September 15th, Festival held an event seeping with the spirit and syrup of a late night breakfast. University Programing Board (UPB), an event planning student organization, hosted this sticky, delicious shindig.
To enhance the Olympian theme of the night, UPB handed out flag pins and red torch water bottles. In addition, they facilitated a craft area for students to decorate fanny packs to represent the tacky tourists at the Olympic games. And best of all, an enormous moon bounce fighting rink covered a large section on the first floor. Looking down from the second floor, you could observe and laugh at people hopping and popping each other with blown up boxing gloves.
Little did JMU students know as they swayed to the DJ’s expertise selection of songs, that the food was competing for the ultimate win—the title of being the Breakfast Food of Champions. Scrambled eggs, bacon, French toast sticks, and tots pulled their uniforms on and posed as student volunteers scooped them onto plates.
*Bang* Students grabbed their plates and the contestants were off, swinging between forks, plunging into syrup, flipping into mouths. Senior, Veronica Salamone, gazed down at her food and admitted, “I’m really excited about tater-tots.”
When asked, other students also confessed their favorites players. One student said, “The eggs are better than D-hub eggs,” while another commented, “The bacon is thinner, not crispy, but crispy enough.” Yet another student confided, “The French toast sticks have flavor to them.” Devilishly good eggs pile high while tender bacon slips to the front. French toast sticks power ahead but can’t gain enough momentum.
At the end of the night, however, tots and tots alone earned the gold. Festival filled with the resounding praises of their glorious taste and texture. Never has a contestant been so cheered, so supported, so consumed. For every one student who picked eggs, bacon, or French toast sticks as their favorite, three students ardently just said, “Tots.”
For more information about upcoming events UPB, visit their website.