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Feb. 23, 2015

Dining Services offers students more options in wake of SGA forum

By Ashli Speed

 

Dining Services started rolling out many new menu items and changes this semester in hopes that students and faculty will take notice.

The fall semester ended with the Student Government Association hosting an open forum for students to voice concerns from hours of operation to menu choices.

Following the SGA forum, both dinning and SGA agree that communication between them has improved greatly.

“We have had a better relationship with SGA, they are more open to come and talk with us and share thoughts and ideas, it’s awesome,” said Chris Hall, marketing director of dining services.

SGA president Allie Dumski agrees that the forum has resulted in better communication and hopes that it will continue.

“We’re happy and looking forward to continue having conversations with them and voicing our concerns,” Dumski said.

Dumski noted the changes that dining has made this semester.

“Pricing is more noticeable, there seems to be more of a variety and healthier options which is good and exciting, I’m anxious to see where it leads,” Dumski said.

Dining has made some noticeable changes this semester. One new option to the Outtakes market is “On the Go.”

“On the Go” is a pilot program and Cleveland State University is one of two Chartwells schools in the region to test the program.

Along with new recipes, “On the Go” features new, fresh packaging that includes nutritional information and ingredients.

“We’re very excited,” Hall said. “If sales are any indication, I’d say it’s being received well, we’ve had to up production.”

Some of the revamped recipes featured with “On the Go” are a cilantro lime chicken salad and a turkey avocado BLT wrap.

Communication between dinging and SGA has improved, Hall said that the communication from students has not increased as he had hoped.

Nevertheless, dining is doing things to keep students excited about eating on campus. Tuesday, Feb. 17, the dining hall featured a Mardi Gras themed menu, with many creole dishes, tradtional New Orleans music playing and beads and a mask for diners.

Feb. 17 was also the debut of a new Hershey’s milkshake machine at Grill Nation.