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Students enjoy new dining hall, show it by lingering after meals

By Prue Benson
News Intern

Last semester, Donaldson Dining Hall received its long awaited renovation, much to relief of students and faculty of ABAC. Records show little difference in the number of students eating in the dining hall; however, many students immediately noted positive changes.

The types of food offered have been expanded to include healthier alternatives ,such aswraps and flatbread pizzas. The new foods are very popular. Still, many students still have not made the switch to these alternatives.

Students Kiana Ford, Taylor Williams and Kelecha Obieche said that they appreciate the new space, saying the upgraded lighting and friendlier service by the Sodexo staff have led to a higher quality experience.

They told us that because of these things they find themselves staying in the dining hall over longer periods of time, sometimes even for hours after their meals are finished.

According to data from Sodexho staff, there were 133,816 meal swipes this past fall, which is on average 8,363 per week and 1,195 a day.

Chris Kinsey explained that meal plans have been unaffected by the renovation, staying consistent at 1,100 plans for this semester and last. This is largely due to the policy of required meal plans for students living on campus.

Getting input from students using the suggestion box has led to many of the improvements in the food and service. Students can always send suggestions at