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Spring Semester Kicks Off With Free Massages, Pancakes
Students hold up plates of custom-designed pancakes in the Student Life Center lobby.

Following a frigid, blustery winter break, Brookdale students had the opportunity to thaw out and gear up for the spring term on Jan. 16 during the biannual “Warm Up to Another Semester” program, hosted in the Student Life Center.

The event, sponsored by Student Life and Activities, featured free five-minute massages, hot tea and coffee and custom-designed artisan pancakes crafted by visiting chefs from Dancakes.

Students lined up to request a personalized, multi-colored pancake, crafted to look like their favorite comic book hero, cartoon character, Disney princess or movie star. While waiting, students could watch their creations come to life on a live TV feed showing each chef at work. Second-year liberal arts major Christi McCutcheon received a picture-perfect likeness of Niko, protagonist of the hit video game “One Shot.”

“Niko’s favorite food is pancakes, actually, so I just couldn’t resist,” she said. “I’m very happy with the result. I kind of don’t want to eat it.”

Those students brave enough to eat their cakey creations were offered a wide range of toppings and condiments, including fresh berries, apples and whipped cream. Student Ambassador and second-year business administration major Eduardo Guerrero was on hand to dish out the toppings and welcome students back for another term.

Students receive free massages during "Warm Up to Another Semester" in the Student Life Center on Jan. 18.

Students receive free massages during “Warm Up to Another Semester” in the Student Life Center on Jan. 18.

“It’s a great event. It really helps students feel like they are home,” Guerrero said. “We do programs like this throughout the year to create a sense of community at Brookdale, which is important. It helps eliminate that stigma of ‘the community college.’ Brookdale feels much more like a true university campus, and these events are part of the reason why.”

After eating – or Instagramming – their breakfast, students were able to sign up for professional table and chair massages in the Martin Luther King Jr. Lounge.

“This is the first of many free events we’ll be offering throughout the next few months,” said Student Life and Activities director Lauren Brutsman. “We encourage all students to come out, get involved and really make the most of their spring semester.”

Upcoming Student Life events include the Spring 2018 Involvement Fair on Jan. 25, which allows students to meet with representatives and learn about more than 50 student clubs and campus organizations, and “Laugh at Lunch” on Jan. 30 with nationally acclaimed mind-reader and comedian Eric Dittelman. All Student Life events are free and open to current Brookdale students.

Learn more about all upcoming events by visiting the Student Life and Activities webpage

Check out more photos of “Warm Up to Another Semester” here.