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More options at Sherman after complaints

Published: April 9, 2010
Section: Front Page

PHOTO BY Max Shay/The Hoot

In response to many student’s complaints, Sherman Dining Hall’s non-kosher section reopened after spring break with an updated food delivery design, altered setup and a variety of menu options.

Among the changes added to the menu is the creation of a cooked-to-order pasta station, similar to the one in Usdan Student Center, and an upgraded deli with different daily specials and a sandwich grilling station.

Lunch Thursday featured a carving station with a large roast turkey. The plan, according to Director of Dining Services Mike Newmark, is to include much more carved foods and made-to-order entrees.

The expanded salad bar will have premade Caesar salad each day with breadsticks, according to a press release and e-mail from Newmark.

The deli grill and pick-your-own style pasta adds to the worker-prepared food system at the dining location, which already included burger grill and the stir-fry “Wok station.” At both stations, a Dining worker makes specifically what students order. The stir-fry has more toppings to choose from as part of the upgrade as well.

Since the locations of the food option have been moved around, the former deli area is now the site of a larger desert and sweet waffle topping section.

The changes are expected to bring Sherman more students at both lunch and dinner hours. In doing so, the updated buffet dining hall would help with the university administration’s overall goal of overcrowding, namely in Usdan Boulevard and Café.

“The response has been extremely positive,” Newmark said.