Nov 092003
Authors: Carmen Filosa

After months of anticipation, the Lory Student Center Food Court

renovations are coming to a finish.

The food court, which opened last month, is allowing students to

come in and use the facility.

Though many of the restaurants are not yet opened, Kris Folsom,

coordinator for the student center, said students are already

benefiting from the new design.

“The minute we opened the doors students came in,” Folsom


With the opening of the newly designed Bagel Place on Tuesday,

Folsom said more restaurants are opening soon.

That’s a Wrap and Wishbone are finishing up menu tests and will

be opening in the next couple weeks, while Taco Johns will open

sometime this month Folsom said.

Panda Express will start business at the beginning of next


“I like it. I’ve been coming in for the last week,” said Darcie

Howe, a food and nutrition freshman.

Howe said she likes the new design and thinks the finished

product was worth the wait.

“(The food court) looks really good,” Howe said.

Howe, who did not come to eat at the student center before, said

since the opening she has been coming to the student center for


The extra space is one of the biggest benefits, Ho we said, who

finds the new food court to be a good place to get out of the cold


“I hope they turn on the fireplace soon,” Howe said.

Though new restaurants are opening, business has not slowed down

for the restaurants that have been open all semester.

“We’re always busy,” said Amy Walker, an employee for the Bagel

Place 2.

Though the newly renovated Bagel Place is bigger and has more

toasters, Walker said business has yet to slow down for the

downstairs location.

“I would say the students are enjoying the new food court,” she


The food court is not the only renovation to the student


The Cherokee Park and North ballrooms opened last week after

getting new lighting and wall covering, Folsom said.

The ballrooms are already opened for rent space and events and

have had several events already.

The Rambouillet restaurant space is currently being converted to

office space to solve many of the space problems the student center

has had in the past, Folsom said.




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