Students react to newly renovated cafeteria

The newly renovated cafeteria at Marist College is not only impressing the staff but is proving to be a great change for the college. The cafeteria has been recently renovated and shows no signs of the old and dreary cafeteria that many students dreaded eating in. Students say that it resembles the Hogwarts dining hall from the well-known book and movie series, Harry Potter. With all of the wood tables and chandeliers there is not a single trace of the old yellow walls and long pasta lines that used to make up the Marist cafeteria.

Brittany Felton is a greeter at the Marist College cafeteria and explained her new experiences working in the cafeteria. “It is so nice that I don’t have to look at the old yellow walls. The cafeteria is visually appealing, and students are actually happy to swipe in and eat here.” Felton really enjoys when upperclassmen and alumni dine at the cafeteria. Felton likes to see their amazed expressions as they see the cafeteria for the first time.

“The students seem happier, and we are working on getting more upscale items in the dining hall.” Tara Dichiaro is a member of the catering staff and explained that they used to swipe in 1,500 students per meal but are now up to 2,000 or more swipes. This is directly related to the renovations which include a sushi bar, shorter lines at the pasta and sandwich stations and a more organized flow.

Tommy Moran, a senior here at Marist College dines in the dining all once a week with his friends. He lives off campus and finds cooking for himself every night to be a hassle. “I really like the new dining hall. I feel more comfortable and spend more time hanging out with my friends while I eat my meals. I usually play a couple rounds of QuizUp on my phone and catch up with my friends.”

When asked about what Marist College should add to the newly renovated dining hall one student explained he would like to listen to music while eating his meals. Ricky Brase is a member of the men’s crew team and has traveled to various schools and explains that the Marist Dining hall is too bland. “The dining hall at Clemson had TVs on the walls. I am not saying Marist should get TVs but some nice background music would be nice.”

The newly renovated dining hall has proven to meet most needs of the student and staff population. The only complaint was about the lack of character on the walls, but with the new ceramic plates and sushi bar that is not a deciding factor for sophomore, Katherine Louie who dines once a day in the dining hall. She makes the walk from her residence in Gartland Commons and enjoys the clean feel of the new cafeteria.


Activities for less than $20 around the Hudson Valley

What can you do with less than $20 around the Hudson Valley? The answer to this question is actually very simple. Many students do not know that there are so many different resources around the Marist College campus. From daily specials offered at local restaurants to touring the Vanderbilt Mansion, there is something for every student on a budget.

“When I feel myself getting stressed out I take a drive down Route 9 and play with the animals at the local pet shop, Puppies N’ Kittens. The animals are so playful and adorable. It really helps relieve my stress I feel when I have piles of homework to tackle. The employees are extremely friendly and they enjoy when Marist students play with the animals and keep them company as they await their adoption.” Dan Grabarz, a senior at Marist College explains that he feels comforted and relaxed while he and his friends play with the animals at the pet shop. This is something anyone can do, and it is absolutely free! The only expense is the gas it takes to travel just fifteen minutes on Route 9. However, going with a group of people can eliminate the costly expense of gas if everyone agrees to pitch in. Continue reading

Trending: October 14-20th

This week on Twitter many students were talking about the amazing views from the library as they study for their midterms. After those dreaded midterms students could either go home and enjoy their break, or stay on campus.

1. Mid-semester Break

Many students complained that the mid-semester break Marist gave to their students, was in fact not a break at all. Students find that the one day off is just a long weekend, but they could enjoy time at home, or stay on the beautiful campus and take in the changing weather, and peaceful surroundings.

2. Hudson Valley Views

Marist College is known for the amazing architecture, and breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Many students take snapshots of their beautiful campus to share with others. Leaving for mid-semester break is even harder when students have to leave this beautiful campus for a weekend.  Continue reading

The Hudson Valley’s Best Kept Secret: The Matchbox Cafe

There is nothing better than your mother’s home cooked food, and that is something a lot of Marist College students miss when they are at school. Home cooked meals are hard to come by when we are surrounded with nothing but cafeteria food options. The cafeteria is a great place to get quick, and easy meals, but if you want to change up your diet and indulge in some good comfort food then you’ll find yourself right at home at the Matchbox Café.

food3The Matchbox Café is a great option when it comes to finding delicious tasting and comforting food. The red sign on the building reads “Comfort food and Cookies” and that is certainly what they serve up in the little stone cottage that sits on the side of Route 9.

Do you find yourself craving authentic fried chicken, or breakfast at any time of the day? There are plenty of diners that offer the same types of food, but the Matchbox Café offers fresh, never frozen or reheated meals for their customers. On the back of their menu the owners Sam and Joann Cohen explain, “every meal served is house made. We don’t have a freezer or a microwave for cooking. Our meat products are all grilled to order on a flame broiler, not a greasy griddle.”

On the menu they mention items that are meant for sharing, and those that take a little bit more time to prepare. An impatient customer asked why his food was taking so long to prepare, but co-owner Joanne Cohen replied with a calm, “good food takes time”, and she was right. As soon as the waiting customer got his meal he was all smiles! Continue reading