Every night, students are faced with the same question: â€œWhere should I go to eat tonight?â€
And now that itâ€™s been voted by CSU as the best dorm and dining hall, that answer for most meal plan carriers might just be the Ramâ€™s Horn at the Academic Village (AV).
â€œThe atmosphere is better than the other dining halls,â€ said Breanna Robb, a freshman journalism major. â€œItâ€™s bigger, thereâ€™s more space and just more seats.â€
Ramâ€™s Horn opened in 2008 with the Academic Village residence hall, a $42 million facility.
The two story, 44,000-square-foot dining hall features a sports grill on the bottom level open for late night service until 11 p.m. and Ramâ€™s Horn Express, which includes an espresso bar, to-go meals and a convenience store selling everything from hummus and pretzels to condoms.
On the top level, a salad bar, Mongolian grill modeled after the local Fort Collins restaurant HuHot, burrito station and many other taste options are offered.
â€œThe Mongolian grill is the best part,â€ said Katrina Sawaya a freshman fashion merchandising major. â€œI feel they just have healthier options than other dining halls.â€
Students arenâ€™t the only ones who enjoy AVâ€™s wide variety; the dining hall employees do as well.
Mr. X, or Rob as his name tag reads, is a checker at AV who has worked for Housing and Dining Services at CSU since 1999.
â€œI like the kids a lot, theyâ€™re friendly … 90 to 95 percent of them are at least,â€ said Rob, who worked at Edwards before they shut down the dining hall to move to AV.
Feeding the endless stomachs of CSUâ€™s students runs in the family. Robâ€™s cousin, who works at Braiden Hallâ€™s dining facility, is retiring this year after working with CSU for more than 30 years beginning when she was 14.
Aaron Seymour, a senior mechanical engineering major and worker at AV, said he enjoys serving the ravenous students who come through the dining hall doors.
â€œAt my job I distribute food to the hungry freshmen at CSU,â€ Seymour said. â€œWhat I like about it is the easy-going environment … and the students are usually happy and thankful to receive food, especially late at night â€¦ and AV offers a wide variety of dishes every day.â€
Collegian writer Bailey Constas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.