In the early 1980s Marquette residence halls tried beating the bedtime blues with a tuck-in service. Before the advent of Netflix binges and ambient Spotify playlists began lulling students to sleep, Marquette’s residence hall staff realized something as simple as a friendly visit from another resident and a chocolate chip cookie could lighten nighttime worries.
In 1981, Tower Hall (now Carpenter Tower) started a service for residents who paid a few quarters to be tucked into bed by fellow students. They believed the tuck-in service could make the average college student feel like a child again or simply make being away from home a little more comfortable and secure. Pairs of pajama-clad tuck-in staff members visited dorm rooms. Students were offered milk and cookies and bedtime stories before being tucked in for the night.
Coordinators hoped the service would boost morale by creating a family-like atmosphere within the residence halls, according to Dave Hernandez, Bus Ad ’84, as reported in the Nov. 20, 1981, edition of The Marquette Tribune. Hernandez was a sophomore tuck-in service coordinator at Tower.
At the same time The Stanford Daily student newspaper reported that many schools, including Penn State, Catholic University, the University of Maryland and Marshall University initiated tuck-in services. Not only was the service a fun way to meet other new students, but, also, according to an ad in The Marquette Tribune, it would “make all your dreams pleasant.” — MM