Pulling a not-so-all-nighter

Sarah Effress, Ava Seccuro, Julia Robbins and Lucy Barnum celebrate as Clara Koritz Hawkes turns in her trend story. Photo by Mary Lou Song

Actually, cherubs were stirring. Some were making finishing touches on their 1,200-word trend stories, while others were making major edits. Most of the girls were asleep before 1 a.m., but a few were working until the early morning. (For the boys, that ratio was flipped — but read their article for that tale.) 

But let’s take a closer look into what the girls were doing on floors one and three.

9 p.m.: We had just returned from a long night at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Norris Aquatic Center. For many cherubs, that was their trend story break. But for Lalla-Aicha Adouim, it wasn’t enough. After she came back from SPAC night, she decided to give herself an extra hour of doing nothing. It turned into 3 ½ hours. 

12 a.m.: The clock struck midnight, marking the beginning of three birthdays 一 yet another reason not to work on our stories. For roughly half an hour, all three floors held parties. The first floor had a piñata, the second floor had Insomnia Cookies, and the third floor had a dance party. Then it was work time again. After the celebrations, Adouim took five shots of coffee 一 before power napping.

“Here’s a trick, if you have coffee then sleep for 20 minutes, when you wake up, the caffeine kicks in,” Adouim said. 

Fellow first-floor resident Mattea Vecera realized she hadn’t made much progress on her story. She spent the day with some visitors from home and even missed SPAC night for them. She drank a bottle of Mountain Dew and a bottle of Coca-Cola and got typing. While Vecera’s caffeine of choice was pop, Ava Seccuro’s was Red Bull and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. 

2 a.m.: Despite “continuously drinking” cans of Red Bull, Seccuro was asleep by 2 一quite reasonable for her. Both Vecera and Adouim kept working in the lounge. Adouim had her computer, “Medill.” sweatshirt and blanket, but what she was missing something key: her room key. The two girls ended up going to sleep on the lounge couches around 3:30 a.m. 

6 a.m.: Adouim had set an alarm for 5:55 a.m. and rushed downstairs to get community associate Rachel Schonberger to let her into her room. Once in her room, Adouim promptly fell asleep for five hours. Shortly after, Vecera woke up around 7:30 and finished her story about $300 water bottles.  

12:55 p.m.: These girls had made deadline. When they walked 一 or ran 一 into Fisk 217, they were met with a spectacle. Julia Robbins was playing “High Hopes” by Pan!c at the Disco while doing an interpretive dance. Any negative feelings about the trend stories vanished as the cherubs slipped their stories into their instructor mail slots.