Pancake night: my favorite de-stresser during finals week. After the last week of classes, which for an English Literature and Political Science major always entails mountains of papers, and then the finals week grind of studying in the library until all hours of the night, the break for pancake night is always a welcome occurrence. In fact, I even made a trip back to campus for pancake night last spring after I’d been studying abroad at Regent’s College in London. My plane came back a couple days prior and I was psyched to hear that I would be back in time for my favorite night in the dining hall. This year, when I got the text from UNH dining about pancake night, I was already prepared and had had the date written into my planner for weeks.
Pancake night is an event held by UNH dining every semester on the reading day before finals begin. Dining reopens Hoco (Holloway Commons) and Philly (Philbrook) from 10 pm -12 am for students to come back and enjoy pancakes, french toast sticks, sausages, lots of toppings, and beverages for a relaxing and delicious study break. This semester, I had actually finished studying for my Tuesday final by about 10 on Monday night and got to pancake night right at the beginning so I could go to bed early. I was surprised by the long line that wound all the way from the entrance of Hoco to the stairs to the MUB (Memorial Union Building), but once we got into the dining hall the lines were spread apart enough so that we could speedily get the pancakes. I still don’t really know why I like pancake night so much, but the dining hall staff is always extremely nice and it’s just become one of those UNH traditions I can’t bear to miss. For everyone reading this – make sure you don’t let your UNH career pass by without attending at least one pancake night, and good luck to everyone still taking finals!
For more information about pancake night, visit http://www.unh.edu/dining