There are not many things that bring out the same nostalgia and lighthearted memories as the 1985 classic “The Breakfast Club” but there are few moments that can duplicate that feeling. Just the like the characters in the movie, the stress of growing up can cause many college students to go through their own existential crisis, but for a single night on Thursday March 24th, JMU students appeared to cut loose and recapture that ever fleeting state of euphoria. Students went on a flash to the past during “The Breakfast Club” themed Late Night Breakfast hosted by the University Programing Board (UPB).
True to the impeccable play on words, the Festival dining area was rewound three decades to complete the perfect 80’s aura. The scene was studded with boom boxes, Rubik’s cubes, lots of neon, and of course any 80’s party isn’t complete with an 80’s playlist. The DJ compiled an eclectic selection of iconic 80’s hits with a hint of some of the current decade’s chart toppers.
Junior communications major Zachariah Karp got the whole place dancing by demanding that “Everyone get out on the dance floor and BUST A MOVE!” Karp’s call to action was met with impressive footwork and perhaps the most intense dance battle of the year.
“I had to find a way to burn off all the food I just ate,” said sophomore computer science major Chuchi Soriano, one of the first pioneers to hit the dance floor.
Soriano was one of many students who had their lion’s share of breakfast food that night. JMU’s dining staff was serving a scrumptious selection of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and the most coveted French toast sticks.
Once students satisfied their appetites, they could participate in the many activities offered but the most popular choices of the evening were the sand art and name art stations. Students could craft their name out of abstract letter silhouettes or they could create a small multicolored combination of different sands in a small glass. Organizations like the Student Alumni Association were in attendance to hand out free swag while Career & Academic Planning was there to advertise the new Recruit-a- Duke app. The app allows you to update your resume and job experience so you can network with JMU alumni and potential employers.
Senior Hannah Summers and Vice President of Marketing for UPB described how the theme was a long time in the making.
“The idea for this theme was brought up during my first year on UPB, however we didn’t actually do it until a couple years later,” said Summers.
Summers explained how UPB’s Spirits and Traditions committee methodically keeps a record of all the ideas that are done or brainstormed for Late Night Breakfast. Often times many themes are revived or selected from the long list of suggestions.
Summers added that this theme was particularly special because “The Breakfast Club is one of my favorite movies, and the date falls so close to the actual date of detention in the movie which was March 23rd.”
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