Panther Battalion flips for Family Weekend

Mackenzie Freund, City Editor

Editor’s Note: This story was updated to reflect that the Leadership Excellence Club is organizing the event.

The Leadership Excellence Club is preparing to flip pancakes onto plates at their annual pancake breakfast Saturday.

The club is a registered student organization through the ROTC.

The breakfast will be held at the Charleston Veteran of Foreign Wars post 1592, located at 1821 20th St. from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

K Saldanas, a senior sociology major, said the cadets are selling tickets in advance for $6 or people can pay $8 at the door.

The pancake breakfast is all you can eat, and the pancakes are made and served by the cadets.

“It’s us (cadets) in the back and we make them,” Saldanas said. “We’re in the back flipping the pancakes, we’re the ones buying the juice, and serving you.”

The breakfast is held during Family Weekend so Eastern students can eat pancakes and so the battalion can get the funds they need for their ball.

Saldanas said it is also a good time to talk to families and future panthers.

“We do it on Family Weekend because we have repelling, and also it’s a good thing to recruit people, talk to people’s families, and maybe some future panthers”

Saldanas said they hope to see people out at the breakfast.

“It’s all you can eat pancakes! Who doesn’t like free food?” Saldanas said.

The money being raised from the breakfast is going to be put towards the cost of their annual military ball held in the spring.

The military ball is a time where the cadets can celebrate their accomplishments throughout the year while they watch videos and look at pictures.

“Military ball is like a high school prom just in the military format style,” Saldanas said. “Guys in their ACU’s, females in their dresses, and they bring their dates and they celebrate the year and accomplishments and everything they’ve done.”

Saldanas said the funds that are left over from the ball are carried over to the next year and used for other functions.

“We’ll bring helicopters down and some stuff like that,” Saldanas said.


Mackenzie Freund can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]