The protest of the proposed Jacksonville State University dining hall and $275 mandatory commuter meal plan took place in front of the Theron Montgomery Building (TMB) on Friday, November 1 after a short march around Trustee Circle.
The 2019-20 homecoming meet and greet was held in the TMB auditorium this past Tuesday, giving the chance for any JSU students to gain a bit more insight about the top ten candidates running for homecoming king and queen. Here are the top 15 candidates and a little bit about their philanthropies:
Todd Craven, a longtime employee of the food court at JSU, is collecting any plastic bottle caps to raise money for cancer patients.
Many students have already stopped by to give their caps, whether from a water bottle or a soda.
“If you have a Coke or Water in your backpack, don’t throw out the cap!! Please see Todd in the TMB foodcourt…he has a bin set up, or he will be glad to pick them up from you,” the JSU Campus Bookstore posted on their Facebook page. “Thanks for supporting the good deeds of our fellow Gamecocks.”
Whereas plastic bottle caps are typically thrown away in the trash to be littered in a landfill, you can now donate them to raise money for cancer patients.
According to the Plastic Oceans Foundation, more than eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year. Every little bit that we contribute helps to reduce the amount that is invading our oceans and interrupting our marine ecosystems, while also helping out for a good cause.
If you’re interested in donating, the bin can be found near the trash disposal areas in the TMB. Collection will be ending December 6, so hurry in to donate your plastic caps for an important cause.
On Friday November 2, the TMB Food Court held its Grand Opening for the new renovations completed over the summer.
The inside of the TMB opened two days before classes started, but the damage to the roof of the TMB caused by the F3 tornado on March 19 delayed their opening event.
The renovations to the TMB included a new layout for Freshens Food Studio and Chick-fil-A, a brand-new retail location in Mein Bowl and a redesign of both the indoor and outdoor seating area, the latter of which was just completed.
“Today was a great day and we had a great turnout,” said Tyler Brown, Marketing Coordinator for Sodexo.
There was a flurry of samples coming from all of the restaurants held in the food court as well as a Spin the Wheel game.
Freshens provided free smoothie samples, Chick-fil-A provided a variety of free chicken samples and Mein Bowl provided free sushi samples. The restaurants also provided the prizes for the Spin the Wheel game which included selfie sticks, phone wallets, balloons, and more.
JSU students weren’t the only people to show up to the event. Faculty, staff, community members, and even President Beehler made an appearance.
At around 11 a.m., Beehler made the opening of the TMB Food Court official by cutting the ceremonial red ribbon.
According to Brown, there will be vending machines coming soon to campus that will accept flex dollars, allowing JSU students to use their meal plans to purchase products.
“We’re working on some vending machines that will accept student ID money,” said Brown. “We kind of have a sample of that going on at Sparkman, but hopefully we’ll have those up and going in the Spring.”
The Food Court inside the Theron Montgomery Building at JSU received some updates and renovations over the summer, and, according to a survey conducted by The Chanticleer, the majority of JSU students are in favor of the changes.
Among the new changes to the TMB are an updated Chick-fil-a with a more traditional restaurant style layout, some added menu options at Freshens Fresh Food Studio, and new retail location Mein Bowl.
Of students who responded to the survey, 60.6% said they either liked or strongly liked the new renovations, with 22.5% saying they disliked or strongly disliked the changes. 16.9% said they were indifferent.
The new Coke Freestyle machines are one of the most popular additions to the TMB, with 67.2% of students saying they liked the new beverage options. The updated layout at Chick-fil-a (56.9%) and new tables and floor setup (63.8%) are also among the most popular changes.
However, the changes weren’t entirely well received among JSU students.
While most students said they like the new addition of Mein Bowl, they didn’t want to give up Baja Express or the Simply to Go in exchange. 66.2% of students said they did not like the absence of Baja, and one even wrote “#BringBackBaja” when given the chance to provide an additional comment on the survey.
“While the TMB looks much more nice and modern, it’s convenience and ease was lost. The full-service Chick-fil-a is great but the amount of time and length of the line is always very long,” one student responded. “Especially since only one register does debt cards. I don’t feel the upgraded look was worth the inconvenience.”
While Students are divided on some aspects of the new changes to the TMB, most agree that, overall, the new renovations will be something students can be proud of for years to come.