Expanded food options on campus

With every new semester comes changes: temperature adjustments, the re-emergence of homework, the introduction of new courses, and for APU, new on-campus food and drink options. As students entered the sunny campus on Sept. 4 for the fall semester they noticed that their meal options had expanded.

There are now extended weekend hours at all locations, a new build-your-own pizza option and New York deli-style sandwiches at Cougars’ Den, and a take-out option at the 1899 Dining Hall. There are also morning omelettes at Canyon Grill, late breakfast options at Mexicali Grill on Saturdays, and Peet’s Coffee and Tea at both Hillside Grounds and Cornerstone Coffeehouse.

Hospitality Services is hoping to seek feedback about these changes from students by using “Text and Tell.” Through “Text and Tell,” students can text in their opinions and thoughts about the food and service to a hospitality number at different on-campus eateries.

Late last semester, Hospitality Services set up a coffee tasting with four different brands outside the Felix Event center and had students vote on which brand they would like to see on campus. Based on these votes, they chose Peet’s Coffee and Tea as the school’s new coffee brand.

“I think we’re really listening to students a lot more,” said Nikki Moriguchi, a marketing student supervisor for Hospitality. “We’re trying to accommodate them with later hours.”