Hundreds of students eat and laugh together at free meal event
By Cazzy Lewchuk, Staff Writer
On November 13, the Douglas Students’ Union (DSU) organized a free breakfast for all Douglas College students at the David Lam campus in Coquitlam. The event featured a buffet breakfast in the concourse as classic cartoons played on a nearby television. DSU representatives were also available to answer questions from students.
The breakfast, which consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, cranberry juice, orange juice, tea, and coffee ran from 8 a.m. until about 10:45 a.m., just as the food ran out. A crowd of about 300 students came throughout the morning to enjoy the free meal, suggesting that the event was at least as popular as it has been in previous years.
Several DSU representatives were on location to promote the breakfast and the union’s work, and to answer students’ questions and collect their feedback. Surveys on how the DSU can improve student life were also available, and DSU swag, such as free flash drives, was being handed out to students who attended.
A representative from the DSU told the Other Press that the event has happened at the David Lam campus every year since its launch. The DSU does its best to offer free food events on a monthly basis, such as the Welcome Back Hot Dog BBQ that occurred at both campuses in September. These events often improve student morale and help spread awareness about the DSU and its current platforms, as well as providing an opportunity for students to socialize and meet new people on campus.
The cartoons being shown were a medley of various Looney Tunes shows, meant to make the experience a little more fun and akin to the nostalgia of watching Saturday morning cartoons as a child.
The food was reasonable in its taste considering the buffet style, large quantities cooked, and the fact it had been sitting out for a few hours by the time a representative from the Other Press was able to taste it. The drinks were fresh and at a desirable temperature. The cartoons were at a good volume and had subtitles on them, allowing for a good dining environment that was comfortable for all students attending the event. The ample space and pleasant atmosphere allowed for another excellent Cartoon Breakfast.