Renovated Food Court Finally Opens for Business

By Ty'rique Sims, Staff Writer

The anticipated reopening of the University Student Center food court will take place on Tuesday.  Food options will include made-to-order deli sandwiches, Italian specialties, pizza, hand-tossed salads, sweet treat desserts and chicken and waffle fries from the Chick-Fil-A franchise, which will have an express vendor in the food court.

The food court is a popular food spot for Morgan students and, for some students, their only choice when it comes to eating on campus.

Chick-Fil-A is the highlight of the University Student Center's food court reopening. Photo by Benjamin McKnight III

Chick-Fil-A is the highlight of the University Student Center’s food court reopening.
Photo by Benjamin McKnight III

“I’m starving and I refuse to eat at the dining hall, but I am wasting a lot of money eating out,” said Michaela Collins, a sophomore Sociology major on the volleyball team.

Because the food court was not ready to open by the time students came back from winter break, students had to choose other food options such as the Rawlings Dining Hall, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels at the University Student Center and Subway at the McKeldin Center. Most students chose to eat at Rawlings, since it is the only food destination besides the food court that accepts students’ meal plans.

For students who don’t live in dorms like Blount Towers, Thurgood Marshall, or Rawlings, getting a bite to eat had turned into a far commute.

“I stay in O’Connell Hall, so most of the time I go to the food court because it’s close,” said sophomore English major Patrick Freeman. “So having to walk a little farther to the dining hall gets frustrating sometimes.”

Rumored reopening dates of the food court were floating around campus to the point that some thought the opening date was pushed back, sparking impatience among the students. According to Cheryl Nicholson, the quality control manager for business and auxiliary services, the planned reopening date was February 9.

“We did not go public with the planned date because there’s a lot that goes on with the process that people do not know about,” Nicholson said. “It’s dangerous to set a date when it comes to construction because anything could happen. Even with the snow storm we worked hard to get the workers the proper training so they can be ready opening day.”

Although the renovation of the food court is steps in the right direction in response to student grievances about the food offerings on campus, there are still some concerns. “I think it will be successful at first but not long,” said Collins. “If we can’t use our [meal plans], people are gonna go broke or won’t want to spend money on that all the time.”

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