The last supper: Students come together for end of the year activities

This year’s Family Day event at Washington State University Vancouver’s campus was shorter than last year’s, but it still brought VanCougs, family and friends together for an afternoon of fun on April 23. Attendees enjoyed pizza, the chance to socialize and tie dying t-shirts in the Firstenburg Student Commons on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. The event, which was originally scheduled from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., was held until 2 p.m. because of inclement weather and t-shirts running out faster than expected. Stephanie Leeper, Student Activities Board Chair of the Office of Student Involvement, said “Last year this event was a three day event called ‘family weekend.’ The turnout was not as great as expected, so this year we decided to condense the event and change it up a little.” The shortened event was still a success and a great way for VanCougs to have some fun before the approach of finals. Leeper said, “We wanted to have a great ending to the school year by having a couple great events that everyone can enjoy!”

In continuation of the end of semester fun, ASWSUV also organized the Late Night Pancake Feed on April 29 for students. This tradition was started by 2014 Master’s graduate Sara Seyller several years ago. For the spring semester feed, hungry students, staff and faculty were invited to stop by the Firstenburg Student Commons from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. after preparing for the end of the semester and/or to refuel. ASWSUV offered pancakes with different syrups, sausage links, and coffee to enjoy. There were also board and group games for attendees to play, and players earned Coug Gear as prizes. Erin Cross, Director of Student Enrichment for ASWSUV, organized the Pancake Feed. This was Cross’ first semester on campus and as a part of Student Involvement. Cross said, “This event really caters to the late night people around campus and ASWSUV and I…[am] excited to be putting this on again.”

Citlalli Silva, a sophomore and psychology major, expressed approval of the late night event while enjoying some pancakes with marion berry syrup. “It’s a good event, you can feel excited to be on campus with friends, and also meet new people.” A fellow student, Rachel Tanner, a freshman and possible major in accounting, concurred. Tanner said, “It’s delicious!” with a big smile. This level of enthusiasm from the student body was a way to set a hopeful tone for the end of the 2013-2014 school year at WSU Vancouver.

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