I Sure Hope I’m Hungry…

August 24, 2015 at 9:52 am 8 comments

ABPI had breakfast this morning at the Au Bon Pain in Kern Building, a fairly unremarkable way to start a Monday—or a brand new semester for that matter. But it was significant in at least one way: For the next four weeks, I’m going to be eating my way across the University Park campus. This is not an experiment in trying to recreate my “Freshman 15” from the fall of 1991, but rather the start of a month-long reporting project on the state of campus dining, which is set to run in our Nov./Dec. issue.

If you’re an alum from 10 or 20 or 40 years ago, and you’ve been back to campus any time recently, you’ve probably been struck by the changes in campus dining options. You also probably don’t know the half of it. With that in mind, I–with occasional help from my magazine colleagues—will attempt to eat at each and every spot on campus over the next month. That means every dining hall (many of which you wouldn’t recognize if you graduated before 2010 or so) and every retail establishment, from the recently renovated HUB to options that range from the Business Building to the Pattee & Paterno Libraries. Stay tuned for regular web updates over the next few weeks, and keep an eye out for the finished product in our Nov./Dec. issue.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barry  |  August 24, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Fun idea. Have your metrics in place up front so you can keep your objectivity! :)

  • 2. Sara  |  August 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Don’t forget there’s a cafe in the Bank of America Career Services Building!

  • 3. Ryan Jones  |  August 25, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Thanks Barry, that’s good advice.

    And Sara, that is definitely on my list. Thanks!

  • 4. Heather James  |  September 3, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Great story idea and really looking forward to the Nov./Dec. issue! Happy Eating in Happy Valley…

  • 5. Ryan Jones  |  September 4, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Thanks, Heather! It’s going pretty well so far. Hopefully we get alums thinking about trying out campus dining themselves whenever they’re back in town.

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  • […] about these local dinners—which are open to everyone, and run just $7.99—while reporting on the “eating across campus” feature we’re working on for our Nov/Dec issue. While wrapping up the actual eating portion of my […]

  • […] for the fall semester, which is why our deputy editor Ryan Jones didn’t mention it when he ate his way across campus last fall. As HUB Dining Associate Director Vincent Raco told Onward State, the decision to add the […]

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