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Lewis Hall prepares for signature event

| Friday, September 9, 2016

Over 800 people have RSVP’d on Facebook, for the Lewis House of Pancakes (LHOP), Lewis Hall’s signature fundraising event.

From 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. all four floors of Lewis Hall — plus the basement — will offer a variety of breakfasts foods, including bacon, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, eggs and juice.

“We don’t really have to do a lot of encouraging, everyone just wants to be a part of LHOP,” Lewis Hall president, junior Lizett Pink said. “You can’t really hide from LHOP because it happens right there on every single floor.”

For five dollars, students receive entry and a plate for unlimited access to the food. Proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, a charity that Lewis Hall hopes to expand their relationship with over the course of the year.

“Now we’re trying to go and volunteer there and learn more about them,” Pink said.

Signature events co-commissioners sophomores Annie Hynes and Sarah Hynds are coordinating the event.

“[Hynes and Hynds] have done so much of the planning,” Pink said. “It’s been awesome.”

Hynes said residents of Lewis get involved in the event in a variety of ways.

“We send out one spreadsheet and it has shifts for everything throughout the week,” Hynes said. “There’s a lot of involvement throughout the whole process that people can do.”

She said some residents promote the event by wearing the chicken suit — the hall’s mascot — and chalking the sidewalks. Others sell tickets, set up for the event or cook the food.

Pink hopes to see an attendance of 1,500 or more this year — 300 more than last year’s event — and to bring in a larger profit for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

“This year we got enough funding from [the Student Activities Office] to cover the entire cost of LHOP,” she said.

Hynds said the event not only raises money for a local charity, but also fosters a sense of community within the dorm.

“It brings a lot of spirit within our own dorm and really gets people together,” Hynds said.

Pink said the event also builds a sense of community outside of the dorm.

“My favorite part — other than the food — is that we kind of open up Lewis so that all of campus can come,” she said. “I think it’s a really good community builder. Just bringing everyone together and bonding over food is great.”

Students can purchase tickets at the door or at North and South Dining Halls from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

“It really brings Lewis together as well as I feel like people from across campus,” Pink said. “Why shouldn’t you come to LHOP? It’s going to be so fun.”

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