Mark Brown in line Steve and Gabi Shurina
Mark Brown was one of the first in line for the exam breakfast. Men's basketball coach Steve Shurina recruited daughter Gabi.

CULLOWHEE - Mark Brown, a sophomore from Raleigh, and his friend Robert Boylan, a sophomore from Chapel Hill, were first in line for the Late Night Exam Breakfast at Western's Dodson Cafeteria on Wednesday evening (Dec. 15).  Behind them for the next three hours came a hungry crowd of more than 600 exam-stressed students who enjoyed the special meal, served by university administrators, faculty and staff who volunteered to help.

“Awesome,” “love it,” “it's good food, and it's free,” were just a few of the compliments from students as they selected servings of eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast, pancakes, grits, gravy, biscuits, pastries, bagels, muffins and fruit under the watchful eye of Michelle Crowe, director of dining services.  Crowe says Aramark, the university's food service contractor, sponsors the exam breakfasts at no cost as a way of showing support for the students. 

The volunteer servers, who worked from 7:30 to about 10:30 p.m., dished up food, cleaned tables, and wished students well on their exams.

“I get to talk with the students.  That's something I don't get to do enough of,” said Chip Smith, athletics director. 

“I enjoyed it.  I like to do something the students appreciate,” said Rick Nicholson, director of auxiliary services.   

Smith and Nicholson were joined on the serving line by Kyle Carter, provost; Robert Caruso, vice chancellor for Student Affairs; Jo Anne Caruso; Kathy Ivey, math and computer science department head; Glenn Bowen, director of service learning; Dale Carpenter, associate dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions; Chuck Wooten, vice chancellor for administration and finance; Allen Lomax, director of the advising center; Carol Mellen, director of student support; Steve Shurina, men's basketball coach, and Shurina's daughter Gabi.

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