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_imgMichail Antoino scored four times in West Ham’s 4-0 win over Norwich last weekend (Picture: Getty)Whoever wins here will feel as though they have taken a big step towards safety. This is a massive game for both teams, neither of them will want to lose so I think this will be quite a tactical battle. When you play against teams like this, there is sometimes a mentality of defend first, and there is a lot at stake here. Maybe we will see a more direct for of football, with both teams kicking it long up front and seeing what happens after that. I have the feeling that Watford will edge this one. West Ham have a good team but they leak goals far too easily at times. Sometimes when you are fighting relegation you need that direct style and to be able to bully defenders like Troy Deeney can do. Dimitar’s Prediction: 0-1.Betfair Exchange Odds: West Ham – 7/5, Draw – 11/5, Watford – 5/2For more from Betfair Ambassador, Dimitar Berbatov head to http://www.betfair.com/berbatovMORE: Michael Owen makes Premier League predictions for Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal vs LiverpoolMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta passionately defends Manchester City after Champions League ban is overturned Comment Michael Obafemi’s goal saw Southampton rescue a late draw against Man Utd earlier this week (Picture: Getty)If Man United lose this one and the other teams pushing for top four win then it will be very difficult for them to achieve their goal. I know they will be fired up for this on though, and they will know exactly what is at stake, I don’t think they will let themselves miss another opportunity, like they did against Southampton. I hope they can win this one and push on into the top four because I really want to see them in the Champions League again. Dimitar’s Prediction: 0-3.AdvertisementBetfair Exchange Odds: Crystal Palace – 10/1, Draw – 9/2, Man United – 4/11Southampton vs Brighton Southampton are coming off the back of a good performance against Man United, and I honestly think they play some good football, they have some quality in their team, Danny Ings is scoring goals, they pass the ball really well and I think they will be full of confidence. Dimitar’s Prediction: 2-1.Betfair Exchange Odds: Southampton – 11/8, Draw – 12/5, Brighton – 13/5West Ham vs Watford Manchester City have been in fine goalscoring form of late (Picture: Getty)Guardiola hates losing, and I know that winners hate to lose no matter what game it is, they will still be pushing had in every game and will be going for the win in this one. Sometimes with the smaller teams they produce some good games, Bournemouth certainly had a good second half against Leicester, but then when it really matters they don’t have that consistency, which is the difference. I think they will struggle against City. Dimitar’s Prediction: 4-0.Betfair Exchange Odds: Man City – 1/6, Draw – 9/1, Bournemouth – 19/1Newcastle vs SpursThis will be a good game to watch. Newcastle have done well but they have had a couple of bad results recently and they will be looking to pick themselves back up again and play a bit more. Even though there will be no fans at St Jame’s Park, it will still feel uncomfortable. Newcastle are always up for a fight and I think Spurs will need to work even harder to get something from this one. Dimitar’s Prediction: 2-2.Betfair Exchange Odds: Newcastle – 4/1, Draw – 3/1, Spurs – 4/5Arsenal vs Liverpool Dimitar BerbatovTuesday 14 Jul 2020 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal vs Liverpoolcenter_img Advertisement The race for the top four in the Premier League is going to the wire (Picture: REX/METRO.CO.UK)The race for Champions League qualification is coming to a head and with Manchester City having earned a reprieve from the Court of Arbitration for Sport the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester can ill-afford any more slips. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side dropped two points against Southampton on Monday but will be confident of extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine matches when they travel to Selhurst Park. Leicester will need to bounce back from their shock defeat at Bournemouth against Sheffield United, while at the other end of the table Eddie Howe’s Cherries still need the points in the battle to beat the drop but will not fancy their chances at the Etihad.AdvertisementAdvertisementAs ever, Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov is here to preview the action…ADVERTISEMENTBurnley vs Wolves Burnley are doing well and playing some OK football at the moment, they got a good draw against Liverpool last time out. Wolves are still chasing the top four and they will still think that they can surprise people and secretly they will think that they have a good chance to get into the top four, they produce some great football, score some great goals, they are solid as a team and I like to watch them. In this one I’m going to side with Burnley, which will ease the pressure on United. Dimitar’s Prediction: 2-1.Betfair Exchange Odds: Burnley 4/1, Draw – 12/5, Wolves – 20/21Man City vs Bournemouth Arsenal will hope to bounce back from their north London derby defeat (Picture: Getty)As I have said before, if Arsenal don’t fix their deference then they will continue to have problems, especially when you are coming up against a fast front three like Liverpool have, then you will have massive problems. We saw against Spurs how they conceded and I think those mistakes are in some of their players’ DNA, and that will continue if they don’t fix it. Dimitar’s Prediction: 1-2.AdvertisementAdvertisementBetfair Exchange Odds: Arsenal – 16/5, Draw – 16/5, Liverpool – 10/11Everton vs Aston Villa Aston Villa are still fighting and I like them but I think Everton will take what they need in this one, and if they want to be a big team then they will need to up their concentration and consistency. Everton have good players in their team and a top manager, and I do believe that they can become a big team in time. Dimitar’s Prediction: 2-1.Betfair Exchange Odds: Everton – 11/10, Draw – 11/4, Aston Villa – 14/5Leicester vs Sheffield United Ah, my team, Sheffield United, they have done so well this season, they can do my other team Man United a big favour here. I would say that I am going to go for the surprise here, but with the way the teams have been playing I don’t think Sheffield winning would come as a surprise to anyone. I think when they want to, Sheffield United can really play, they were amazing against Spurs and Chelsea. Dimitar’s Prediction: 0-2.Betfair Exchange Odds: Leicester – 11/1, Draw – 12/5, Sheffield United – 16/5Crystal Palace vs Man United Advertisementlast_img read more