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Food Court to be renovated over summer

By Josh Garcia
Posted on April 23, 2013 | News | Comments Off on Food Court to be renovated over summer

The Chick-Fil-A and Einstein Bros Bagels locations in the Hilton Food Court will be renovated over the summer.

Anthony Williams, chief business services officer, and Tom Arellano, senior food service director, met with the Students’ Association in its meeting Wednesday to discuss the quality of ACU Dining Services.

Arellano said there would be significant design changes to Einsteins and Chick-Fil-A over the summer, which will increase space and efficiency.

“For those of you that are Einsteins folks, it’s backwards,” Arellano said. “We’re going to fix some of the clutter in there.”

The Starbucks location in the Brown Library could be addressed the summer after that. Starbucks was introduced spring 2006, with no significant changes since that time. It is not a fully licensed location, which Williams said would cost $500,000 to purchase.

Williams said he was disappointed that he has not had a chance to address the needs of juniors and seniors.

“I’ve been very eager to have an opportunity to make improvements on how we present meal plans to our upperclassmen,” Williams said.

Williams also said the money spent on convenient locations like the Fatted Cafe and Bagel Wagon might be better spent elsewhere.

“I’m not sure if that is the best way to use those resources,” he said. “I think that a convenient location in your mind is a branded location.”

Congress members also tossed around the idea of decreasing cost; increasing the quality of food and customer service; adding more brand-name or cultural options; exchanging Quiznos for a Subway; improving marketing; and increasing healthy and vegan options.

Last week, JP Ralston, COBA representative and treasurer-elect, introduced a bill to help purchase Harlequin reversible vinyl for Cullen Auditorium, to make the stage more performance-friendly for groups such as SHADES, Omega Dance Company or Swing Cats. However, there was some confusion among Congress members about the ownership of the vinyl.

SA advisor Dr. Jeff Arrington met with Tom Craig, director of student productions, about the issue to gain clarity. At the end of this meeting, Ralston withdrew his previous bill and introduced a new bill identifying the owner of the vinyl as Student Life. Congress passed the bill unanimously and contributed $1,086.27 to the purchase, the remaining amount of money in the congressional project fund.

Groups can rent the mat for $40, though the exact price has not been finalized. This fee covers the cost of Gaffer’s tape, to hold the mat in place, and cleaning supplies. The mat will be stored in Cullen.

SA meetings are conducted Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building Room 114. Meetings are public and anyone is welcome to attend.

Absent members:

Simon Jowett, senior class treasurer

Bryson Shake, junior class vice president

Asim Dobani, McKinzie Hall representative

Emily Dosa, McDonald Hall representative

Kaitlyn Tuiasosopo, Gardner Hall represenative

Maddie Pickle, Morris Hall representative

Alice Hodde, Smith-Adams Hall representative

Chris Singleton, off campus representative

Emily O’Rear, Sherrod representative

Stevon Carr, COBA representative

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