8 Infamous College Traditions: Part II

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Ohio University: Halloween
I know what you're thinking. "Halloween is a holiday, not a college tradition."  Clearly you have never been to OU. Court Street—the infamous strip of bars, restaurants, and 24 hour parties—can barely contain the costumed masses; throughout the entire weekend (who are we kidding…week) leading up to October 31, almost every inch of communal space in Athens, Ohio is turned into a non-stop Halloween party. And let's just put it this way: the costumes are only half of the reason you won't be able to recognize your friends by the end of a night at OU.

Barnard College: Midnight Breakfast
At midnight on the eve of the first day of final exams every semester, Barnard College students (along with the rest of their Columbia classmates) pack LeFrak Gymnasium for a midnight breakfast of epic proportions.  Barnard President Deborah Spar, deans, professors, administrators, and notable alumni serve the studying student body a (free) breakfast complete with fresh fruit, coffee, pancakes, eggs, doughnuts, and pastries.  Oh, and author Anna Quindlen (class of ‘74) serves the bacon.

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About The Author

Rachel Peck is a senior at Barnard College, Class of 2012, where she is majoring in English and Theatre and minoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Although she admits to actually enjoying high school in her hometown of Bexley, OH, her favorite thing to do is explore her new--slightly more exciting--home, New York City. When she isn't watching good (and bad...) TV, finding excuses to plan dinner with friends, window shopping, or napping, Rachel enjoys working for the Barnard admissions office, serving on her sorority's various boards, and writing for whoever will read it.  You can also follow her on Twitter (@peckrachel) if you're into that.