The clock ticks midnight on Friday and floors hours begin. 1835 Hinman dining hall closed five hours ago, and a few snacks did not satisfy cherubs after a long day. Cherubs are not allowed to leave their floor during dorm hours, so that time often consists of dance parties, jam sessions — and of course, convincing the community associates to retrieve food ordered to the dorm.
As the cherub cookie fix, Insomnia Cookies proudly states on its website “Delivery is what we’re all about!” Popular in college towns across the U.S., cherubs are grateful for 3 a.m. deliveries.
Sabrina Martin favors the snickerdoodle “Cookiewich,” a sandwich with vanilla ice cream in the middle.
“You’re lounging and listening to music and then Insomnia arrives,” said Martin of Bethesda, Maryland. “It’s like the puzzle pieces fall in place.”
Insomnia Cookies offers an array of flavors — double chocolate mint, chocolate chunk, double chocolate chunk, snickerdoodle, white chocolate macadamia, sugar, classic with M&M’s, oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cup.
Papa John’s Pizza
Sometimes cherubs are hungry for a full meal. Papa John’s is a quick and easy option.
Alex Reiner of Westport, Connecticut, said he usually opts for the pepperoni, sausage and ground beef pizza. Lauryn Luescher of San Jose, California, stands in solidarity with her vegetarian friends by just ordering cheese.
Papa John’s offers 17 kinds of pizza in addition to the create-your-own option.
“At first you feel the sauce,” Reiner said. “It’s hot enough so it has its presence and not too hot that you just can’t eat it. As you pull away the long string of cheese it keeps coming. Once you get to the meat, you know you’ve made a good order.”
To escape the monotony of pizza every night, some cherubs order burgers and fries from McDonald’s.
The first time he ordered McDonald’s at cherubs, Will Rende opted for two Big Macs, 10 Chicken McNuggets and fries.
“It’s pretty easy to order,” said Rende of Baltimore, Maryland. “You go on GrubHub or UberEats, and it takes about 30 minutes to order your food. Then you have to pay the CAs some tax, which is usually a couple of nuggets.”
Eli Karp of Briarcliff Manor, New York, prefers the crunchy Chicken McNuggets.
“They are irreplaceable,” Karp said. “People grow up on chicken nuggets. It’s a no-brainer. My taste is too high for a burger.”
However, cherubs advise to never order the classic fries.
“It takes too long for the food to arrive,” Karp said. “By the time they get here, they are soggy. You might as well go to Hinman.”
While most cherubs opt for Papa John’s, some enjoy Domino’s Pizza.
A.J. Shaheen said his first time eating Domino’s was memorable.
“I had never actually ordered from there in my entire life,” said Shaheen, from Petaluma, California. “But, I’m here. I’m at this college campus. I’m hungry. It’s nighttime. What should I do? So, I order a couple of pizzas, and it was amazing.”
Shaheen said eating the pizza was “pure sensation.” They had the perfect combination of sauce, cheese, bread and pepperoni.
Likewise, Joe Weinberg of Dallas said ordering Domino’s from the website was an “exhilarating” experience.
“You get a rush to see the tracking number,” Weinberg said. “It was nice to get a fresh, Italian taste for the first time in a while.”