Ivy Room Undergoes Renovation; Offers Healthier Options

Cornell Dining welcomed Cornell students back to campus with modifications to the Straight’s Ivy Room cafeteria.
Students may have been surprised by various changes to both the menu offerings as well as the physical setup of the University’s historic eatery, including a new “Confusion” station featuring Asian fusion options, a “Straight from the Garden” salad bar and a fresh sushi station. In addition, the Tex Mex station has combined with the “Burgers and Sandwiches” station. [img_assist|nid=37881|title=Ivy League dining|desc=Students gather in the Ivy Room at Willard Straight Hall to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama on Jan. 20. The television students watched has been moved to a different section.|link=node|align=left|width=336|height=223]

C.U. Dining Seeks to Decrease Food Waste

­It’s time to decide whether that mountain of Mongo-wokked goodness you overzealously loaded onto your tray is still worth eating. You might reason that anything remaining on your top-heavy tray is a sunk cost and place it on the conveyor belt, sending your food, tray and worries into the kitchen.
For some students, however, the worry and guilt associated with wasted food does not disappear so easily
“It’s a shame to see people waste so much food. I’m straight up livid. The University bears a cost and the environment bears the cost of having to wash extra plates and cutlery,” Josh Neifeld ’11 said.
Although excessive waste is undesirable, it is nonetheless unavoidable, according to Doug Lockwood, office manager for Cornell Dining.

Budget Constraints Limit Dining Hours

University budget cuts have finally reached North Campus, as North Star dining hall in Appel Commons will no longer be open for Friday and Saturday dinners. Though a mild inconvenience for many freshmen, authorities say the decision is sound and relatively innocuous to the overall University dining experience.
“We made that call in between semesters, but it was something we had been thinking about for many years,” said Richard Anderson, general manager of Cornell Dining. “We’re more than capable of feeding the amount of people that come through, but Friday and Saturday are our slowest nights.”

Campus Celebrations Ring in Year of the Ox

Some Chinese students at Cornell are just a four-hour car ride from their houses in New York City. Others are a 14-hour flight from their families in China. No matter the distance between Ithaca and their homes, all tried to find alternative and communal ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Ox. [img_assist|nid=34440|title=Festive feasting|desc=Students crowded into Okenshield’s yesterday for the annual Chinese New Year dinner, where they ate traditional Chinese dishes in honor of the incoming Year of the Ox. Some had to wait up to 40 minutes before they could enter.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]

Cornell Closes Tower Café Due to Budget Constraints

While the University’s current financial outlook did not directly precipitate the café’s closure, Younger said, the need for fiscal frugality at all levels of the University made last December a particularly good time to eliminate one of Cornell Dining’s facilities.
“It wasn’t a hasty decision,” he said. “We had been looking at this for a while. Over the past 5 years, participation [at Tower Café] never got to the levels where we wanted it to be.”

Campus Dining May Be Linked to Stomach Flu

Imagine spending a painfully long day in a claustrophobic bathroom stall while your friends are enjoying the April sunshine. Last week, a higher than average number of Cornell students had to go through the unfortunate experience of “stomach flu,” or gastroenteritis.
According to Gannett Health Services, 55 students reported symptoms of gastroenteritis between April 13 and 19. These students suffered from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or a combination of the symptoms. Although the number is much higher than the average number of 20 to 25 cases per week, it is “not unusual,” according to Nianne VanFleet, Gannett’s associate director for nursing and clinical services.