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Hugs and home fries: a Finals Week recipe for reprieve


As Finals Week makes its presence known, peppering students with an exam-filled onslaught of exhaustion, Penn College thoughtfully provides sustenance and sanctuary for the battle against end-of-semester burnout. Among the events that form the cornerstone of the anti-anxiety attack? Dining Services’ 21st Midnight Breakfast − second only to commencement in traditional longevity − on Thursday night, preceded by Wednesday’s Madigan Library visit from therapy dogs that live to be loved.

− Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer, and Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday

Sharing the warmth
Sharing the warmth

Athletics and Residence Life proved to be able partners for Dining Services. Keeping the parade moving are (from left) Christa Matlack, women's soccer coach; Jamie R. Miller, wrestling coach; Residence Life coordinator Blaise E. Marshall; and baseball coach Chris H. Howard.
Athletics and Residence Life proved to be able partners for Dining Services. Keeping the parade moving are (from left) Christa Matlack, women’s soccer coach; Jamie R. Miller, wrestling coach; Residence Life coordinator Blaise E. Marshall; and baseball coach Chris H. Howard.

With every stroke and tail wag, a little more stress dissipates.
With every stroke and tail wag, a little more stress dissipates.

Among Thursday night's 575 patrons is this well-fed group, representing several majors ... but finding common gastronomical ground.
Among Thursday night’s 575 patrons is this well-fed group, representing several majors … but finding common gastronomical ground.

Library visitors offer timely tips for Finals Week: "Pay attention" ...
Library visitors offer timely tips for Finals Week: “Pay attention” …

... "Get plenty of rest" ...
… “Get plenty of rest” …

... "Stay hydrated" ...
… “Stay hydrated” …

... "Oh, and stop telling people I ate your homework!"
… “Oh, and stop telling people I ate your homework!”

Tables fill up and the line still goes out the Keystone Dining Room doors and down the hall.
Tables fill up and the line still goes out the Keystone Dining Room doors and down the hall.

The rule of reciprocity: Dogs bring joy to students, and students feed treats to the dogs.
The rule of reciprocity: Dogs bring joy to students, and students feed treats to the dogs.

Karaoke artists command the mic with a rendition of Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," hand gestures and all.
Karaoke artists command the mic with a rendition of Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” hand gestures and all.

Devin Christian, from Nittany Balloons in State College, adds to a student's chowline ensemble.
Devin Christian, from Nittany Balloons in State College, adds to a student’s chowline ensemble.

John D. Vandevere, director of athletics, keeps the mood light.
John D. Vandevere, director of athletics, keeps the mood light.

It's a picture of contentment for Crystal J. Rice, a business management major and part-time graphic design student worker in the library, and friend.
It’s a picture of contentment for Crystal J. Rice, a business management major and part-time graphic design student worker in the library, and friend.

A table of active student leaders takes a much-deserved break, basking in food and friendship.
A table of active student leaders takes a much-deserved break, basking in food and friendship.

A serendipitous encounter
A serendipitous encounter

Softball coach Jackie Klahold keeps up with the demand for pancakes: 205 students served in the first 15 minutes alone.
Softball coach Jackie Klahold keeps up with the demand for pancakes: 205 students served in the first 15 minutes alone.

Finishing Fall 2018 strong, with help from comforting canines
Finishing Fall 2018 strong, with help from comforting canines

A group of licensed massage therapists helps to unknot test-tightened muscles outside the dining unit.
A group of licensed massage therapists helps to unknot test-tightened muscles outside the dining unit.

Stress relief, courtesy of ol' friends Crayola and Nintendo
Stress relief, courtesy of ol’ friends Crayola and Nintendo

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