first_imgSarah Olson | The Observer North Dining Hall now features NDH Marketplace in place of Grab ‘n Go, where students can buy smaller snacks using flex points instead of a full meal swipe. The changes were mainly student-driven.Director of student dining, Scott Kachmarik, said meal counts have been up this semester, as students are coming into both dining halls to explore the changes to the facilities.“ … If you’ve seen the dish line or some of the server-y things, students have been coming in,” he said. “So that’s a good thing. But like I said, we’re trying to figure it out — timings and things — and we’ve got to get everyone settled into a routine.”The meals served at both dining halls will now feature more “plant-forward” and “plant-centered” foods, senior director of campus dining, Chris Abayasinghe said.“Our program is a signatory of a program called Menus of Change University Research Collaboration,” he said. “This is a cross-university collaborative to look at the future of what food is and also being able to kind of be a central voice, if you will, for foods from a dietary perspective … and essentially say, ‘Can we take all of these dining trends as well as concerns with the social, ethical and environmental impacts and have a consolidated response to this?’”Students now enter into South Dining Hall through the dining room, rather than going directly into the buffet area, Kachmarik said.“We were able to take where those severies — where [students] used to enter before — and we’ve now expanded the breakfast area on one side and consolidated our allergen friendly on the other,” he said of the change.In the renovated North Dining Hall, students enter through an automated turnstile system which reads their new ID cards, Abayasinghe said.“Sometimes when [students] go through the turnstile system and they tap the card, they’ll tap again before the gate opens so it’ll deduct a couple of meals,” he said. “So I know that our folks over in card services are working to address this specific issue, including the option of ‘Should we do a built-in buffer?’ so that way if the system reads your card, it won’t read it again for another 10 seconds or something along those lines.”North Dining Hall’s monitors, who previously swiped students’ ID cards upon entry, will begin to work as cashiers or ambassadors in the dining rooms, Kachmarik said.“The ambassadors are really going to play a different role,” he said. “Rather than taking your card and swiping you in, they’ll be roaming throughout the dining room and they’ll be bussing tables and helping clean up — [when] we get spills and things like that — but really to engage the students, more so than what they were doing just at the greeting.”Abayasinghe said throughout the planning process of renovations, campus dining consulted student feedback. The decision to replace the Grab and Go in North Dining Hall with the NDH Marketplace  — where students pay with flex points and Domer Dollars instead of a meal swipe — was “student-initiated” he said.“Through the process, student government identified an advisory council called the student advisory council for us,” Abayasinghe said. “And what we heard was that exchanging [a meal swipe] — and I’m trying to use the exact terminology that the student raised to me — ‘It feels to me like swiping for Grab and Go for a dining hall meal, I just feel like I’ve lost something.’”The suggestion by student government to adjust Grab and Go was not intended as a call to replace the service in North Dining Hall, student body president Becca Blais said.“According to our co-director of student life, Caitlin [Murphy], while the suggestion of improving Grab and Go did come from our office, the suggestion of replacing Grab and Go did not originate from our office or any of our discussions,” Blais said in an email. “We’ve heard quite a bit of student feedback on improvements, and we’re continuing to gather feedback on the changes in order to share with Campus Dining.”Campus Dining remains positive about the change, however, as using flex points or Domer Dollars instead of meal swipes at the marketplace will allow students more flexibility, Abayasinghe said.“If you’re running between classes, or if, for example, you don’t have the time to be able to enjoy a meal in the dining hall, you can go into this place and instead of you losing a whole meal swipe, you can choose to utilize two or three dollars,” he said. “You can choose to utilize whatever amount you want based on what you want so that way you get to make that determination.”Students can now swipe into the dining halls multiple times within a meal period, allowing additional freedom to students, Abayasinghe said. The number of flex points allotted to each student this semester has also increased when compared to the fall of 2016 semester, he said.“What we wanted to do is to say “Well, tell you what. You have x amount of swipes a week. If you choose to utilize all of those swipes within the first two days, that’s your prerogative, because it has to match how you dine,”” Abayasinghe said.Reggie Kalili, assistant director of marketing, said he enjoyed the new environment in the dining hall.“I used to work in North Dining Hall so for me it’s quite the transformation in terms of just the overall atmosphere,” he said. “It’s brighter. It’s more welcoming and from the employee end, if you’re working in a nice new place, it just lends to a better attitude so people are just happy in general.”Tags: dining, Food Services, NDH With the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year came a number of changes to campus dining. Reckers shortened its hours to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weeknights and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights, while three additional South Bend businesses — a Pizza Hut off-campus, the Philly Pretzel Factory and Danny Boy Draft Works — have started accepting Domer Dollars. The full North Dining Hall (NDH) facility reopened and both dining halls began operating technology consistent with the new ID cards.last_img read more

first_img“Maybe they postpone it for a year… if that’s possible,” he said, adding he would not officially make that recommendation to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who could make his own decision.”I like that better than I like having empty stadiums all over the place. I think if you cancel it, make it a year later that’s a better alternative than doing it with no crowd,” Trump said.The outbreak has already crippled global travel and hit a number of sporting events. Public health officials have discouraged large gatherings in a bid to curtail the spread of the highly contagious disease, and major soccer tournaments, National Basketball Association (NBA) games and other sports have been halted.An Olympic organizing committee board member said earlier this week any decision to delay the Summer Games would need to be made before May. On Thursday, the prelude to the games got underway with the lighting of the Olympic Torch in a scaled-down ceremony behind closed doors.The United States is one of the biggest participants in the Games, scheduled to begin in July and expected to be a major economic boost for Japan. US President Donald Trump said on Thursday officials should consider delaying the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for one year amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the summer event would not be the same without spectators.Japanese officials have sought to squash speculation the event could be canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak as the number of cases grows worldwide, including in Japan.”I just can’t see having no people there,” Trump told reporters at the White House. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Thursday, Sept. 27, and Friday, Sept. 28.Crimes against a personAt 11:58 p.m. on Sept. 27, DPS officers responded to a report of a male student physically restraining a female student by grabbing her by the throat and pushing her against a wall at McDonalds. The officers detained the male student, who during questioning admitted that he had pushed the female student against the wall but denied grabbing her by the throat. The female student did not desire criminal prosecution ,and the officers observed no visible signs of injury to her. The male student was released.At 1:21 p.m. on Sept. 27, DPS officers responded to a student who was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle near 30th Street and University Avenue. The student complained of back pain, so an LAFD RA unit was requested. RA Unit #14 responded and examined the student, then transported her to California Hospital for medical treatment. LAPD officers were also requested and responded to conduct a traffic investigation.Crimes against propertyat 3:29 p.m. on Sept. 27, a non-USC female reported that his car’s passenger side door was dented and scratched when an unidentified male pushed a shopping cart into her vehicle while it was parked at Superior 10:54 a.m. on Sept. 27, a university tram stalled and rolled into a pillar as a staff member was driving it through the gate at 34th Street and Figueroa Street, damaging the tram and the pillar.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 3:47 A.M. on Sept. 28, DPS officers responded to a roof alarm activation at the New/North Residence Hall. Upon their arrival, the officers observed four students on the roof. The officers advised the students that they were not authorized to access the roof then escorted them downstairs without further incident.At 7:36 p.m. on Sept. 27, DPS officers responded to a non-USC male at the Keck Hospital of USC complaining of dizziness and dehydration. A Rapid Response team was at the scene examining the male when the officers arrived, and he was subsequently transported within the facility for medical treatment.At 5:44 p.m. on Sept. 27, DPS officers responded to a student who injured her ankle when she tripped and fell in the lobby of the Fisher Building School of Social Work. The student did not desire medical treatment and was released at the 3:49 P.m. on Sept. 27, DPS officers responded to a sixth-floor fire alarm activation because of smoke from burnt food at Parkside Apartments. No fire was found. Facility and Management Services personnel were requested to reset the alarm, and the officers cleared the building for re-entry. LAFD was not 10:59 a.m. on Sept. 27, DPS officers responded to a student who was reported to be behaving erratically and after contacting him they requested a LAPD mental assessment team to evaluate him. The LAPD unit then took custody of the student and transported him to Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Hospital for further evaluation.last_img read more

first_img Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal 1 Manchester United target Arturo Vidal insists he will only make a decision on his future once he returns to Juventus from his holidays.Louis van Gaal is keen on recruiting Chile’s World Cup star as are Spanish giants Real Madrid, with a fee of £32million being mooted for the 27-year-old.Juventus have claimed the midfielder is not for sale, and Vidal has now refused to be drawn on whether he will leave the Serie A champions.“It’s difficult to speak of other teams when you are already at a top club,” he said, speaking to Chilean newspaper La Cuarta. “I have won the Serie A title three times and I respect my team-mates.“I have heard about the interest shown by Real Madrid and Manchester United in me but there is someone [Vidal’s agent] who deals with this.”Vidal joined Juve from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011 and, with three years left on his contract in Turin, he has not ruled out staying with Serie A giants for the long-term.“Have I completed a cycle [at Juve]? I don’t feel that way,” he added. “Perhaps I will remain at Juventus all my life.“Once I arrive to Italy I will speak to the coach and see what happens.“Now the only thing on my mind on is that I have seven or eight days of holiday left and I want to go away from Chile in order to have a good rest.”last_img read more