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PHOTOS: USC’s Midnight Breakfast

Sweet treats replace sweet dreams at USC Dining’s semi-annual finals event.

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For any USC student staying up all night to study for finals, comfort food is a necessity and a predetermined break is a sweet luxury.

One event, put on every semester during study days before fall and spring finals by USC Dining, allows students to “fuel [their] studying with a breakfast break.” Aptly titled “Midnight Breakfast,” this past spring’s meal took place at midnight on May 3.

While USC has hosted this event for at least a decade, according to the associate director of campus dining Carlos Perez, this past semester’s Midnight Breakfast switched things up and utilized all three campus dining locations over the course of one night instead of using one location over multiple nights.

Each dining hall offered unique menu options like churros and Mexican hot chocolate at the Village, brownies, ice cream and Nashville fried chicken at Parkside and pork belly, takoyaki and boba at Everybody’s Kitchen, or EVK.

Perez said the dinner options were not based on cultural themes. Instead, “the chefs designed the menus to introduce new items not on our regular menus that showcased their culinary creativity,” he said.

Brian Delgado, a freshman studying computer science and business administration who was waiting to get into the Village dining hall, said he and a friend had been in line for an hour and a half and “when [he] arrived, the line was past Insomnia Cookies.”

According to Perez, 2,440 people attended this semester’s breakfast, exceeding the pre-pandemic average of about 2,100 students per semester.

The students at USC flocked to experience this once-a-semester event, and Annenberg Media captured some photos of the emotions and moments from the night.

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