Print Edition: October 19, 2011
Amidst the mid-week monotony of classes, midterms and papers, many students have found a new ritual that helps to fill their stomachs and lighten their moods.
Every Thursday morning from 8 until 10 a.m., University Christian Ministries (UCM) hosts a free pancake breakfast at UHouse. This event is the longest-running club event in the history of UFV. Derrick Uittenbosch, president of UCM, said that the club runs the event to serve the campus – they do it to follow the example of Jesus, who in the Christian religion placed an emphasis on serving others.
Most students who attended last week gave the same reason why they came out to UHouse for pancakes every week: it’s free. It’s a hot, fresh breakfast on a cold rainy morning when many want nothing more than to sleep in under a toasty comforter, regardless of impending deadlines and due dates. A few students explained that what drew them out was the fact that they got to interact with a different crowd, over pancakes, coffee and newspapers. Others came in with their new friends from Baker House to converse and relax over breakfast together, and some more studious individuals slowly munched on their flapjacks while adding some last minute adjustments to their final papers or cramming in those extra few minutes of study time before midterms.
The consensus seems to be that free, fresh pancakes provide that extra incentive to get out of bed on Thursday mornings after surviving the first half of the week, allowing students to tackle the rest of the week with a full stomach and just a little more enthusiasm. So the UCM welcomes all students to load their plates up with flapjacks and pour on that syrup – it’s sure to provide attendees with enough of a sugar buzz to make it through that first class.