College Place, Wash. --- Hundreds of Walla Walla University students huddled together this morning to pray for what students leaders called a "pre-Finals Week Second Coming."
Winter Quarter finals take place next week and faculty, staff and a delighted Campus Ministries department have noticed a religious fervor unlike anything ever seen, sweep over the campus.
"Even students that I regularly see napping in chapel have dropped everything to join prayer meetings that go on for hours in groups spread all over campus," said Chaplain Morre Preyer.
Students have reportedly abandoned any thought of studying class notes, choosing instead to become ardent biblical scholars, scouring prophecy charts and quizzing campus-based Daniel and Revelation experts for any clue that the Second Coming could take place even sooner than believed.
The only grumbles around campus seem to come from conflicted professors, torn between a reluctance to dampen the unprecedented student spiritual revival and the usual crush to concoct gotcha exam questions.
A church history professor who requested anonymity could not contain himself: "History has a way of repeating itself and if these kids don't crack open some textbooks, next week will bring nothing but great disappointment."
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