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It's a UNK student tradition: Donuts after dark
Emily Wemhoff
Antelope Staff
Photo by Emily Wemhoff
Freshmen James Selders and Emily Webb debate about which donuts look the most appetizing.
Photo by Emily Wemhoff
Daylight Donuts, located at 2315 2nd Ave., opens their doors to a crowd of college students at 1 a.m. on Friday mornings. A variety of freshly baked donuts are available to choose from.

It’s 12:45 a.m. on Friday morning. More than 50 college students are lined up along the side of the building. Some students are holding their cups of spare change they saved up all week. Tummies growl and rumble as the smell of freshly baked donuts makes its way out from under the front door.

Finally, at exactly 1 a.m. the “Open” sign lights up and a few cheers are heard from the front of the crowd.

Every Friday morning at 1 a.m., Daylight Donuts, located at 2315 2nd Ave, opens their doors to a crowd of college students waiting patiently for their after midnight snack. Why donuts at 1 a.m.?  

There are several reasons why UNK college students crave Daylight Donuts.

“I come for the dinosaur sprinkles!” said Josh Brummer, a sophomore from Kearney. “Soft, yummy frosting at 1 a.m. is so much better than writing my paper,” said Emily Webb, a freshman from Dannebrog.

There is a donut for everyone: glazed, powdered, chocolate, sprinkled and even cinnamon rolls. But some students come for more than just the donuts.

Bjorn Lund, a junior from Salt Lake City said, “I come to socialize, so that’s why I happen to consume six donuts every time.”

“It’s fun just to say I did it since it’s kind of tradition amongst students,” said sophomore Jennifer Wegener.

More students stop by as the morning continues, but by the time most students leave Daylight Donuts, it is close to 2 a.m. It’s a late night, and definitely doesn’t make those 8 a.m. classes sound any more appealing. Even though many won’t get the recommended amount of sleep that night, the freshly baked donuts and bonding with friends makes up for the lack of sleep.  

“It’s definitely worth it!” said freshman Jenny Frisch.


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