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Three cafeterias close for University Day

Three cafeterias close for University Day

April 10
21:30 2013

Joshua Knopp / Staff Writer

The Bruce, West and Mean Greens dining halls will be closed tomorrow for the University Day cookout.

University Day celebrates UNT changing its name from North Texas State College to North Texas State University in 1961. The name was changed again to University of North Texas in 1988.

The university will celebrate with a cookout sponsored by student activities outside Willis Library or inside the Union Building if it rains.

“The University Day cookout happens every April, usually,” psychology senior and Bruce Dining Hall student assistant Tyeisha Crook said.

But this is the first year Crook remembers cafeterias being closed all day. On other occasions, the cafeterias would open for dinner, she said.

Associate director of residential dining services Peter Balabuch said it wasn’t worth the cost of keeping the dining halls in Bruce, West and Maple open, even for dinner.

“Our cafeterias are set up for high-volume continual service,” he said. “In this, opening, closing and reopening on the same day is not prudent, especially considering that Friday is the lowest volume day in all cafeterias.”

Balabuch said the menu would consist of barbeque brisket sandwiches, vegan chili, kettle chips, cookies and beverages.

Students in the Mean Greens dining hall, when asked what they would do for lunch Friday said they would eat at Kerr Hall if they didn’t go to the cookout.

“I guess I’ll eat at Kerr on Friday, if I have to,” said biology freshman Cara Cruz.

Cruz, who lives at West Hall, isn’t vegan, but said the Mean Greens food was the best on campus.

“I definitely think the food [at Mean Greens] is a lot better quality than at Kerr and Bruce,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll wake up early in the morning and walk for breakfast.”

Pre-studio arts freshman Julia Macdonald said she enjoyed the people at Mean Greens.

“This is where the cool ones congregate,” she said. “I guess I’ll go to Kerr. It’s normally reserved for late-night munchies.”

Bruce Hall patron and undeclared business freshman Jason Lusengo said he’d probably go to the cookout and order out in the evening.

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