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Free pancakes and massages relieve the stress of dead week at WSU Vancouver

During dead week, students need a distraction from the academic grind. Some hungry test-takers are drawn to IHOP’s pancakes and breakfast sausages, but at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5, more than 150 students headed to ASWSUV’s Pancake Feed instead.

2012 Pancake FeedThe Pancake Feed provided students a chance to take a break from finals preparation, receive a massage from a licensed therapist, eat pancakes and play games with fellow students.
Event organizers decorated the student commons with crimson and white balloons. In this festive environment students played a variety of games including pool, cards and hacky sack. Some students used crayons and markers to draw on white paper table covers.

The line for pancakes spanned the entire length of the room. The long table set with the pancake spread was each student’s first stop.

ASWSUV President Daniel Nguyen, a senior majoring in biology and psychology, volunteered at the event. Nguyen said the event was similar to popular midnight breakfasts he attended in the past while attending Oregon State University.

“I thought it was awesome — phenomenal,” Nguyen said. “This campus is at a point where it is looking for traditions, and the Pancake Feed could be one. The event was successful was because it addressed what students are looking for on this campus: We are looking for an excuse to interact with each other, to hangout, to socialize and to really form that community. The Pancake Feed was that excuse. It was fun.”

ASWSUV Senator Alex Feytser, a freshman majoring in biology, is credited with suggesting the massage therapist, another big hit at the event.
2012 Pancake Feed
“A lot of students were interested in receiving massages,” Feytser said. “It became the ultimate event.”

Graduate student Sara Seyller, former ASWSUV director of academic affairs, introduced the Pancake Feed at WSU Vancouver last year. This year, Scott Yin, ASWSUV director of university affairs, a junior majoring in biology, organized the event and included stress-relief activities. He scheduled the event from 9 to 11 p.m. to include non-traditional students, many of whom attend class in the evening.

Yin plans to organize another dead week event at the end of spring semester.

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