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Second semester brings many new food service selections

By Heather Gage
On February 2, 2011

  • The new Red Mango smoothie and frozen yogurt cafe in Cartwright Center provides students with different snacking options this semester. Students may pick from many fruit topping offerings at the new shake counter. Paige Rice - The Racquet

Students returning to campus may notice some changes in the dining services.  Here are some of the new and exciting offerings:

Peet's Coffee and Tea

Peet's Coffee and Tea can now be found at the Cyber Café in the Cartwright Center and also in Murphy‘s Mug in the library. This is in place of Caribou Coffee.  The menu doesn't differ much from what it used to be except for the addition of the blended drinks. Peet's Coffee was voted best taste by students over Starbuck's and Coulee Coffee last November.  

Red Mango

Also at the Cyber Café is Red Mango in place of Freshens.  They serve frozen yogurt and smoothies made from fresh fruit.  Sarah, an employee at Cyber Café, describes Red Mango as healthy and all natural.  The frozen yogurt is made in a way to ensure that a significant amount of cultures remain alive and well in order to get 100% natural yogurt with all the health benefits expected.


Students who really enjoyed Freshens and were sad that it went shouldn't worry because it didn't go far.  Freshens can now be found at Badger Street Station inside of the Whitney Center.  It still has the same menu, just a different location.  The new location now provides longer hours so students can get smoothies until midnight on late study nights.

Coulee Coffee

A local roaster can also now be found in the Badger Street Station.   Coulee Coffee is from La Crosse and works with local farmers to help support the community.  La Crosse students should be able to tell that it is locally oriented with coffee names such as Oktoberfest Dark Roast and Granddad Bluff Blend.  Students can purchase a quick cup to go or a bag or the locally roasted coffee beans to take with and enjoy at home.  

Hearth Stone Oven

Whitney Center's "all you can eat" has a new addition called the Hearth Stone Oven.  With this addition students can find items such as fresh made pizzas, calzones, breadsticks, pasta and more.  The pizza is even cooked in a brick oven, which completes the Italian feel of the Hearth Stone Oven.  

Sub Generation

No, the Sub Generation in Badger Street Station is not new, but the layout is.  Over winter break they remodeled and added an additional line to help during the busy hours of the day.  Students can find both lines in operation from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  When asked how she likes the additional line, student Tara Noye said, "Having two lines makes it more efficient and gets me my food faster."  

All of the changes seem to be for the better.  Students can leave a comment in the Chartwells boxes around campus to express their opinions on the campus dining changes.

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