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Dining Hall will stay open longer

Justin Tardiff | Tuesday, November 7, 2006

In response to athletes’ complaints about the Noble Family Dining Hall’s 7 p.m. closing time, Saint Mary’s Board of Governance (BOG) announced Monday that the dining hall has extend its dinner hours by 30 minutes.

“Starting tonight the dining hall will be open until 7:30 p.m. [Monday through Thursday],” said student services commissioner Kelly Maus.

Though the posted hours for dinner were 4:30 to 7 p.m., some of the food stations had stopped serving food before 7 p.m. and would often take the food away. That left athletes, who didn’t arrive at the dining hall until 6:45, with limited food options.

Now, there will be one food station open after 7 p.m. and that station will rotate throughout the week. In addition, the salad bar, the deli bar and the cereal station will be open for the extra half-hour.

“Barry [Bowles, head of campus food service provider Sodexho] talked with [College athletic director] Lynn Kachmarik about athletes’ concerns on [dining hall] closing time,” Maus said.

Members also discussed the upcoming “12 Days of Christmas “event, sponsored by the senior board.

“Last week BOG committed to providing five Christmas trees to represent the five main boards [on campus],” student body president Susan McIlduff said. “Those trees would [be donated] to needy families.”

BOG is also working with Sodexho to create a to-go mug as a fundraiser for the “12 Days” event. The mug could be used as a “to-go” cup in the dining halls.


uCollege President Carol Ann Mooney will attend the Nov. 20 BOG meeting to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Saint Mary’s.

uHealth and Wellness Commissioner Heidi Goeppinger announced that the Save Kids to Save Lives campaign is “going really well.” The event ends Friday, and any Yoplait yogurt lids can be turned in to the front desk of residence halls until then.

uThe freshman board has reserved the Vander Vennet theater Thursday for a First-year “Grey’s Anatomy” viewing.

uThe Nov. 11 bus trip to Chicago has been canceled. Instead, there will be two buses available for the Dec. 2 trip because of an expected increase in demand for spots on that date, McIlduff said.