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Chick-fil-A Comes to Campus

USF says “yay” to Chick-fil-A! After the overwhelming success of the Bon Appetit boycott last November, it was decided that Chick-fil-A—the fried chicken, fast food chain, with strong Christian values—will be replacing the Market Café next school year.

Similar to the search for the next president, the decision on what to replace the university’s dining service was open to the students and the rest of the USF community. In the two campus-wide listening sessions, the audience was unanimous in requesting Chick-fil-A as the new food service company on campus.

“There’s nothing like fried chicken that gets me going during the day,” freshman Bruce Bogtrotter said,  raving about the final decision. “I have it for every meal, so I’m not even upset about my $4,000 meal plan anymore. I’d drop that cash on chicken any day.”

While many praised the company for it’s finger lickin’ good chicken, some believe that this is the university’s attempt at literally “changing the world from here.”  The chain has been known to be against gay rights, so USF may be trying to use their social justice values on the corporation.

Chick-fil-A has donated billions to anti-LGBT groups. CEO Dan Cathy has publicly said that he supports a traditional marriage between a man and woman, and that gay marriage is wrong.

“I’ve been hearing rumors that administration agreed to have Chick-fil-A on campus so that they can implement their own hidden agenda,” Carla Jung, a junior psychology major said. “If our passion for social justice doesn’t influence them, I heard the psychology department might use some psychological methods to change the way the companythinks about equal rights.”

Cathy will be speaking at the grand opening of Chick-fil-A at USF at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. The new university president will also be present to release the ceremonial chicken—blessed by a priest—and let it fly off after the ribbon outside of the dining commons has been cut.

Chick-fil-A, however, will not provide dining options for vegetarians, vegans, and those who eat gluten-free because they believe that those diets are wrong and are not stated in the Bible, so it’s not a real thing.

DISCLAIMER: This piece was printed as part of The Foghorn’s April Fool’s Day issue on April 1st, 2014. This article is intended to be satirical.

The USF Cafeteria’s Musical Melting Pot

Ranging from current pop songs to classic oldies and even Broadway favorites, the cafeteria serves up a jambalaya of music from opening until closing. You’ll rarely catch anything but low-key acoustic or outdated 90’s band songs playing in the morning, almost as if they want to calm students down from the “I have a half hour to study” frenzy that follows a night of anything-but-studying. The same goes for after 7:30 p.m., although the soft sounds act more as a congratulatory relaxing mechanism for making it through the day without imploding. The time in between, however, depends on who exactly acts as the “great music hand” for the day, which means that on any given day, caf-goers can experience any number of musical genres.

Wednesday’s playlist mixed up many genres, playing everyone from Mary J. Blige to Toni Basil, but consisted mainly of recognizable yet unnameable 90’s songs sung by confused guys with guitars. The AM songs cast a more laid-back attitude across the almost empty caf, but as more starving students filed into the building searching for anything and everything to eat, the music tempo increased while the singers grew slightly less angsty. The Shins-meet-Beach Boys bands, singing songs about every brand of regret died out in favor of annoyingly happy yet irrevocably catchy tunes such as “Ruby Tuesday” and “Be My Woman.” To my somewhat subdued content, John Lennon made a few appearances, as did Sir Elton John, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen. However, it was good ol’ Rod Stewart’s live version of “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” that spread the head-bobbing and foot-tapping around the caf, which not only calls into question the musical tastes of every single USF student but also why Stewart thinks that performing that song live could be permissible under any circumstance.

Thursday broke all preconceived notions, not only about the caf music but music playlists in general. Gone was the mix of indie/rock, R&B/soul and pop that colored yesterday, and what took its place constituted a single genre that some young adults agree should have been left in the decade that it originated in. Michael Jackson – legend. U2 – legends who managed to still be alive. Prince – crazy vocals, despite negative points for being not-Michael Jackson. Aerosmith – more known for Steven Tyler than actual music, but still enjoyable. Bon Jovi – quotable and thus still relevant. Journey – producers of the catchiest price of music to ever hit airwaves. Bangles – emotional girls who can still throw a punch. RUN DMC, Duran Duran, George Michael – all exceptional musicians that ruled the 80’s with fire in their veins and some with mullets on their heads. Spend enough time in the caf on Thursdays and you might just grow one yourself. No offense to any 80’s lovers, but a full day of nonstop tribute can really wear on the ears of an individual not accustomed to the forty thousand beats per song.

Despite any good intentions by the caf employees to enhance the dining experience, the entire existence of a soundtrack to breakfast, lunch and dinner is undermined by the fact that one needs to be at the grill or burrito station to even hear the musical selections. Suggestion: hook up the speakers throughout the caf so that all students can partake in the wonder that is twelve straight hours of 80’s tunes. After all, a student body that endures musical malpractice together stays together – and might even come to appreciate the unique samples that the USF cafeteria serves up.

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Market Café: Did Renovations Bring Better Food?

Some exciting changes have taken place around campus this past summer. Not only have the fourth and fifth floors of the UC building been remodeled to accommodate clubs and students, but the cafeteria has transformed practically overnight. The cafeteria has been revamped from a dull, packed arena to a spacious Market Café. By the first week of school, little maps were dispersed to familiarize students with the new changes.

New features include: a sushi bar open at all hours; the new 500 Station where the food choices are all under 500 calories; doubled space for condiments and salsa; larger grill space; a tripled-size crepe station which now offers breakfast, lunch and dinner crepes Monday-Thursday; 100 extra seats in the dining area; seats close to the stations; and TVs in the dining area featuring USFtv, CNN and sports stations.

Even the wood around the walls of the cafeteria comes from recycled cypresses from the Presidio.

Station 500 in particular is one that offers calorie-counters a place where they do not have to worry. Winslow said, “This is a station where there is a vegetable, starch and dessert that equals 500 calories. It is important because it values nutrition. The other day, the sandwiches we offered had low-fat yogurt in substitute for mayo.”

But do students appreciate the new makeover, or long for the days of the old cafeteria?

Justino Herrera, a junior international business major, thinks highly of the new cafeteria. He said, “It looks modern and up to date with the modern world. The old one looked too outdated. Also, it’s clearly more accessible.”DSC_0001.JPG

Herrera referred to the new sushi bar with regular hours, the increased number of available seats and the new environment-friendly-charged design. Instead of the old dancing forks and spoons upon the walls, there are now solid, plain colors that are less distracting and more appealing.

Michael McGinley, a junior business major, said, “I like the new modern look. I don’t like the mini sized water glasses. The tables make people feel looked down upon, but they’re clean.” Indeed, the new cafeteria layout allows the cafeteria to stay cleaner for longer with more space available for the counters and tables.

On the other hand, there are a group of students who think that the cafeteria just got more confusing in its layout and line structure.

Jocelyn Hall, a senior media studies major, said, “The caf looks really nice, but I can’t find anything now. If I want two different things at different stations, I have to wait in two different lines.”

Before the renovation, there were four cashiers stationed for the entire cafeteria. Now, there are cashiers at every food station.DSC_0003.JPG

Holly Winslow, the resident district manager, said, “The population of the school is doubling, and we wanted more paying stations for students, so that they could get their meals faster.” With the old layout, “by the time [students] would pay for their food, the quality of the food would diminish,” she said.

Along the lines of the new design and look of the cafeteria, Winslow comments, “It has a young-adult feel. We are treating the students like the young professionals they are. The students love to go out to restaurants. There is no reason why we can’t provide restaurant styled food here. I think the majority of students are proud of their cafeteria as well as the workers here.”

All in all, the majority of students are enthusiastic about the new features. The cafeteria has transformed into a place where students are gathering and socializing, instead of simply eating a quick bite.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy
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