Posts Tagged ‘Parker Student Union’

Students share thoughts on cafeteria food

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Emily Fehrman
Social Media Editor

When you think about cafeteria food often times nothing good comes to mind.

You think back to high school and how terrible the food could be. For some it doesn’t get any better in college.

Cafeterias can be known for the lack of options and lack of healthy food. Three Hutchinson Community College students who live in the dorms were asked what they thought about the food that HutchCC is serving its students and staff.

DJ Mitchell, a sophomore from Washington was asked how many times he eats at the cafeteria compared to fast food. Mitchell said he eats the cafeteria food for almost every meal but that he does eat fast food roughly once a week.

He also has a lot of microwavable food back at his dorm that he eats for meals also. After asking if he actually enjoyed the food served at HutchCC, Mitchell said, “Not really, but I suck it up and eat it.”

The second student was Hannah Hoheisel, a freshman from Garden Plain. Hoheisel splits her time at the cafeteria with how much she eats out, roughly three times a week at both. She said that she would eat there more if there were more options for healthier foods. Hoheisel then said “there needs to be more vegetable options, more fresh fruit. The food makes me feel gross.”

She also said eating at the cafeteria feels awkward when she is alone, and that is why she prefers to eat downstairs in the Parker Student Union at the Blue Dragons Grill. The one good thing about the cafeteria Hoheisel said is that you can eat as much of it as you want.

The last student was Chiani Pearce, Atwood freshman. Pearce eats the cafeteria food five times a week, twice a day. But she also eats out five times a week, mainly because there are not any fast food places back home for her to eat at.

Pearce does buy a lot of groceries at Aldi, she said “Everybody goes to Aldi because it’s so cheap.”

Pearce then goes on to say, “It has nothing to do with the cafeteria, I like that there is so many options.”

However, she said she would not complain if there was more fruits and vegetables available.

The conscious seems to be that the cafeteria food is not terrible but that it has a lot of improvements to be made.

Campus bookstore offering donuts, coffee rest of semester

Friday, November 17th, 2017

By Jack Greenwood
Staff writer

To college students, time and food are perhaps the most valuable things in life.

Now, students have access to a quick, easy and delicious breakfast. In the campus bookstore, Daylight Donuts and coffee are now available for students until Dec. 6.

“We saw a need for students to grab something quick on their way to classes,” said bookstore staff member Jacqueline Eaton. “So far, we’ve sold 100 percent of the donuts we provide, and about 70 percent of the coffee. It’s been so popular, we are discussing bringing it back next semester.”

Currently, only students who are on a meal plan and live on campus have access to a breakfast provided by the college in the dining hall. A few years ago, there used to be a café inside the library that sold coffee, smoothies and baked goods, but it has since gone under.

However, students seem to be pleased with the donuts and coffee provided in the union.

“I think it’s a good thing for students that need a quick boost in the morning” said HutchCC student Dylan Kramer, McPherson. “I haven’t been down there yet, but I’m excited to try it.”

Should the donuts and coffee prove popular, more options could be on the horizon.

“The campus store staff had discussed offering frozen breakfast sandwiches, cereal, milk and a whole number of things but finally settled on coffee and donuts because of the cost to our students,” Eaton said. “As long as there is an interest in this by both students and staff, we would love to expand this. Into what yet, we are not quite sure.”

Students enjoy treats in PSU

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

By Troy Daugherty

If any students happened to wander into the Student Union on Friday, Oct. 30, they may have noticed a caramel apple sundae bar. They may have also noticed that it was just sitting out for anyone to take as much as they wanted.

Which means that if anyone did not go, they really missed out because a lot of the students took advantage of the opportunity. Free food is kind of a college student’s dream, so seeing caramel, sliced apples, and toppings like nuts and chocolate chips was probably a really good dream.
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Cookies cause pause in Parker Student Union

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

By Lauren Rust

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Deciding which Oreo to try first, Rachel Hein, Andale, concluded during the Collegian Taste Test on Oct. 21 that the pumpkin spice flavored Oreo is better than the golden vanilla Oreo. Out of 53 students who participated, 42 of them liked pumpkin spice the best. w

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Deciding which Oreo to try first, Rachel Hein, Andale, concluded during the Collegian Taste Test on Oct. 21 that the pumpkin spice flavored Oreo is better than the golden vanilla Oreo. Out of 53 students who participated, 42 of them liked pumpkin spice the best. w

Students, teachers, and staff tasted vanilla and pumpkin spice Oreos that are as addictive as cocaine on Oct. 21 in the Parker Student Union.

According to Joseph Schroeder, assistant professor at Connecticut College, in an ABC News article, cookie ingredients can be compared to cocaine.

“We found that the high-fat or high-sugar food activated the brain to a greater extent than the cocaine or morphine.”

Schroeder is referring to Oreos, the highly addictive snack that was the forefront of the taste test.

In the end, 79% of the 53 people tested at HCC preferred pumpkin spice, surprising many non-pumpkin spice lovers.
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‘Butts’ event draws crowds to displays, hotdog roast at Parker Student Union

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

By Zeke Willcox

James Teeter/Collegian - Visitors to Kick Butts Day discuss anti-smoking materials at one of the information tables.

James Teeter/Collegian - Visitors to Kick Butts Day discuss anti-smoking materials at one of the information tables.

The Hutchinson Community College student government association hosted its second annual “Kick Butts Day” with interactive and informational table displays in the foyer of the Parker Student Union on March 18.

Attendees were attracted to various displays that were set up around the foyer, as well as by the music being played by a local DJ.

About 12 table displays were placed about the union.

The purpose of the displays were to warn students about the hazards of tobacco, as well as other useful information regarding the college’s smoking policy and the locations and uses of the smoking shelters on campus
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Window broken at union

Monday, March 16th, 2015

By James Teter

Claire Worcester/Collegian - En route to class, D.J. Smalls, Columbia, South Carolina, walks past the boarded window (at right in photo) outside the entrance to the Parker Student Union cafeteria.  A new window was installed a day later, on March 10.

Claire Worcester/Collegian - En route to class, D.J. Smalls, Columbia, South Carolina, walks past the boarded window (at right in photo) outside the entrance to the Parker Student Union cafeteria. A new window was installed a day later, on March 10.

A large window at Parker Student Union was broken on March 8 after a few students were rough-housing in front of the cafeteria near a Hutchinson News newspaper rack.

One of the students fell against the newsstand, knocking it backwards into the window.

The heavy window shattered from top to bottom.

Rattled by the mag-nitude of the event, the young men involved took off running, but they were identified from security camera video and later received reprimands from a school official.

The window was boarded up and the news stand was moved to a spot next to a brick wall.

A few days later, a crew removed the plywood and installed a new plate glass window in the frame.

SGA hosts Blood drive

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

By DaKota Hilburn

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A Red Cross nurse prepares to collect a unit of blood on a new-model, padded cot now used in the blood drives.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A Red Cross nurse prepares to collect a unit of blood on a new-model, padded cot now used in the blood drives.

Students gathered in the basement of the Student Union to help save lives by donating blood on Feb. 2.

The American Red Cross and the Student Government Association hosted this blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Caleb Dietz, Hutchinson, was one of many students who donated.

“I donate whenever I can,” Dietz said. The Red Cross gave Dietz lifeguard training, so he donates blood to pay it forward.

After people go through the screening process and have their blood tested for iron content, it takes about 15 minutes for the process to be over.
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