The Bethel College community gathered in the Dining Commons Friday night, Dec. 13, for the college’s fiftieth annual Midnight Breakfast. Bethel College faculty and staff members served breakfast to students just before midnight.Manges Hall Resident Director Reed Lyons shared how the event began. “Initially it was just a time to study for finals,” said Lyons. “But now it’s become a fun way to celebrate the end of the semester and start finals week.” The event was hosted by Dr. Terry Linhart, professor of religion and philosophy at Bethel. “This year, they made it like a talk show theme,” said Shupe Hall Resident Director Janelle Crotser. “They added jokes, they added video segments, and they added polls, which I thought was a great idea. They also had live music this year. Pretty much everything was different.” Much of the evening was focused on the costume competition. Those who wished to participate could enter as individuals or groups. Cash prizes were awarded to the winning costume acts as follows: Group Acts: First place: The Villains - $150 Second Place: Peter Panda & Shadow - $100 Third Place: The Wizard of Oz - $50 Individual Acts: First Place: Taylor Swift - $100 Second Place: Harry Caray - $50 Third Place: Rainbow the Hippie - $25 Brittany Burk, a member of The Villains, the winning group costume act, shared her feelings about being a part of the winning group. “It feels amazing,” said Burk. Burk said that the idea originated with Kara Walterhouse. Walterhouse, however, claimed that she could not take all of the credit. “It was my idea, but Britt did all the work,” said Walterhouse. Door prizes were awarded by raffle drawings throughout the evening and included $25 gift cards to Barnes & Noble, Steak ‘n Shake, iTunes, and Starbucks. The Alumni Office also held a raffle drawing for an iPad Mini, which was won by Maria Cardoza. Raffle entries have been accepted at each 3rd Thursday event during the semester. Also included in the event were two new segments, titled “Angry Tweets” and “Top 10 Freshman Mistakes.” “We made it a late night talk show format to match the Bethical News,” said Lyons. Many students expressed that they enjoyed the event, and Residence Life staff agreed that the event was a success.