People may not know the true origin of a doughnut. The records show, however, that the Dutch began making a treat that was known as olykoeks (oil cakes) in the mid-19th century.
It was in 1847 when on an American ship captain Hansen Gregory came up with a better solution for eating the uncooked center of a doughnut: by punching a hole through the center. This eliminates the uncooked center, leaving us with the round doughnut that we know and love today.
Though some of us may not have known the origin of the doughnut or where the doughnut hole came from, it is safe to say that a warm, freshly baked doughnut is a great treat anytime, anywhere.
Doughnuts can bring communities together. Doughnuts work perfectly with a cup of joe. The men of North Suites know the power of the doughnut and how it can bring everyone together each week.
Every Monday, a group of men goes to the Dutch Bakery in town for some day-old doughnuts that are still in the display case. It all started in 2011, according to Kendall Stanislav, Assistant Director of Residence Life. The original North Suites midnight doughnut run was started by Jason Katsma, a 2014 graduate of Northwestern College and the RA of the first floor 2012-2013. This is the story of how it all began:
“In 2011, the Suites opened up, and that year a few guys would go and get doughnuts at random times during the week,” Stanislav said. “Jason and the other RAs had been encouraged to consider starting a weekly event that guys would count on happening each week.”
“Jason decided on getting midnight doughnuts since a bunch of the guys already liked going. It first started as a first floor thing, but within a few weeks, it became an all-hall event where 25-40 guys would take some form of transportation (most commonly longboards) to the bakery,” Stanislav said.
This tradition stays true to this day. Attendance fluctuates by week, with the high for the year set at 40. With the opportunity to have 50 cent doughnuts, since they are day-olds, several guys buy two to three different doughnuts to have one there and save some for the next day.
North Suites resident Ben DeBoer said he goes to Monday night doughnuts because, “who doesn’t want a half-priced doughnut and hanging out with the bros?”
Marcus Tucker, another student attendant of Monday night doughnuts, said, “it is a time full of laughs and fun and memories.”
Doughnut night brings men from the first, second and third floor together at one table to talk about things that may be going on in their life, what everyone’s week will look like and to get away from homework.
The guys of North Suites enjoy the opportunity every week and are grateful for the Dutch Bakery’s willingness to let the guys of North come in and take discounted, day old doughnuts. They hope that the tradition continues for as long as North Suites stands.