One of the newer venues on campus is the store, a place where one can often find students who want to have fun or buy food and supplies. Regardless of intentions, there seems to be a common consensus among students that the store is a hit location on campus.
According to freshman Will Morehouse, the store is a great place and he loves to hang out there. Sophomore Connor Walton said that he loves the store, but confessed to missing the old aptly-named bookstore where he could get his books.
As many students are aware, the store is a merger of the C-Store, the bookstore, and the old Out of Bounds area. Of course, transfer students and freshmen likely don’t know that these were three separate areas before, or why they merged. To get a better idea of the reasoning behind the merge, the Pilot spoke with Brian Day, a senior manager in dining services. Day is working with Katie Boyce during her first year as store manager.
So where did the three components of the new store and student center originally exist? The bookstore was where the store is right now. To get to the old C-Store, however, one had to walk through the Pub past where the shakes are made. Out of Bounds was in the basement of the Howard Center, located near the campus security office.
One could purchase food in the C-Store, whereas the bookstore sold food, school
items and basic necessities. With the former two stores selling certain similar items, the administration decided it would be more efficient to merge the two, increasing economic sensibility.
In the case of Out of Bounds’ movement, the old location simply wasn’t easily accessible. Those who happened to stumble into its out-of-the-way location found that it was open for only two hours each Friday and Saturday. In order to increase accessibility, Out of Bounds was moved adjacent to the new store.
Traffic in the store and Student Center appears to be greater than last year. “I am very pleased,” Day said.
“There is more energy due to the student activity.” When asked what could be done if a student were to run through his or her $100 allotment, Day explained that it’s easy for students to add extra money to a meal card. The process involves speaking with a manager to add more money to a card, and the process can take as little as five minutes.
The proof in the pudding, however, is the eating. Senior Luke Ball said that he likes how everything is put together, and how there are more people having fun at the pool tables. Ball also stated that he likes how one can walk out of the Pub and right into the fun of the Student Center.
Freshmen Teff Passaglia and Kat Biang said that the Student Center is a cool place to hang out, and how diverse the product offering is in the store. Biang pointed out that it’s easy to get something to eat from the store long after the Pub has closed at midnight, if one wishes for a late-night snack. However, students aren’t without complaint, and both Passaglia and Biang noted that the prices could be better.
For the most part, feedback seems positive. Sophomore Kelsey Whitney pointed out how accessible the new store and Student Center are, saying, “I feel like you see more people that way, which, I feel is great.” Many collegiate friends become lifelong friends, and the new store and Student Center appear to be an easy way to run into lots of students, whether friends or strangers. If you haven’t been going to the store lately, it’s never too late to start going.