Feb 042004
Authors: Carmen Filosa

In an effort to better serve students and faculty on the north

side of campus, Residential Dining Services opened Durrell Express,

a new to-go dining option.

“It’s another dining option offered to students and faculty and

staff,” said Deon Lategan, director of Residential Dining


Lategan said Durrell Express will benefit students because it

offers a combination of meal choices that includes traditional

items, such as pizza and hamburgers, along with healthy items.

“There’s nowhere like this on this side of campus,” said Crystal

Elmore, coordinator for Residential Dining Services.

Also offered are several payment options.

Students with meal plans can swipe their card to get a main

course along with three sides, while single purchases can be made

using cash or flex dollars.

“We tried to design it with maximum flexibility,” Lategan


Lategan said the main goal of Durrell Express was to provide

students with a convenient option when they are trying to get

something to eat during their hectic schedules.

“Students today are time-deprived. They can eat on the run,”

Lategan said.

Although the store is now open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Lategan

said the hours will be extended in the next month to make Durrell

Express a late-night option.

“It has better good food choices,” said Ashley Peterson, a

freshman business student.

Peterson and her friend Angela Pittenger, both residents of

Westfall Hall, said they both have been using Durrell Express

frequently since it opened because of the convenience and choices

it offers.

“We always want to eat at weird times. We go in between

classes,” said Pittenger, a criminal justice freshman.

Along with the new dining venue, customers are welcomed by a

10-foot by 8-foot mural on one of walls in Durrell Express that

shows many pictures of CSU from 1880 through the 1960s.

“I know that it brings a historical aspect. It brings out what

the university was based on,” Elmore said.

Elmore said the grand opening of dining venue was delayed in

order to complete the mural.

“We tried to capture a wide range of CSU history,” Lategan


Since the opening, Elmore said the numbers of students who stop

in has increased every day.

“We’ve had rave reviews from the students,” Elmore said.

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