University Dining Addresses Panda Express closure, shortened MarketPlace hours Sunday, Oct 23 2022 

By Tate Luckey

After being shut down for nearly a month, the University of Louisville Dining Services announced they are set to reopen Panda Express before the end of the semester.

What Happened to Panda?

The restaurant recently had to shut down due to issues with the fire suppression system according to Lisa Ennis, the director of Auxiliaries and Asset Management.

It had not been serviced in years and that was not under my watch. These issues could have potentially caused a fire. I made the decision to shut down [Panda] as soon as I was made aware. We will have to order food and the supply chain may be our only obstacle to overcome. I assure you, we have the safety of the campus as our number one priority,” she stated. 

During the time of the shutdown, Nathan’s Taqueria sent their food truck to serve as a fun alternative for students during lunch hours. Their menu included options for street tacos and nachos that students could purchase for flex points, Monday through Thursday.

Still Insufficient

Even with the reopening of Panda Express, this still doesn’t fully solve the student body’s issues with more dining options and later hours. Among the restaurants on the Belknap campus, only Twisted Taco, Wendy’s, Starbucks, and Eiffel Pizza are open past 8. The Health Science Campus has even fewer options, with students only being able to order Chick-fil-A and Starbucks via Grub Hub. For those in 8+ hour clinical, options can get pretty mundane.

“There are some other options nearby like food trucks and Panera, but those are not affiliated with U of L so they don’t take Flex or Swipes. The hours are also fairly limited for each option- Starbucks closes at 2:45, yet my latest class is until 3:50,” HSC senior Kaycie Carpenter said.

Services Vice President Alex Reynolds and other members of the U of L SGA have been pushing for longer restaurant hours, and have made progress in advocating for more local, health-oriented options that will hopefully debut on campus in the future. Superfood smoothie company Lueberry took the place of Cardinal Nutrition in the SRC over the summer, and dining services have been keen on showcasing both the talents of their staff through events like “Battle of the Chefs” and local vendors through “Farm to Table.”

An example of the food offered at the MarketPlace.

The MarketPlace

It was students’ low foot traffic and lack of interest, though, that led to the SAC MarketPlace’s hours being shortened from 8 PM to 5 PM. “We averaged 10 people eating at the MarketPlace after 5 pm. It is not sustainable to keep it open through the evening. Students are eating in other places,” Ennis said. 

Dining services had previously announced on August 8th that the MarketPlace was changing its format from a normal meal swipe exchange per restaurant station to a more “residential, one-swipe-to-go” option, similar to a buffet. Many students on social media were apprehensive about the change, noting that The Greenery, which replaced the popular EverGrains, just didn’t have the same appeal.

Quality speaks more than quantity, in this case. If you have the chance to go during normal, busier hours the variety of food gives you plenty of things to fill up your plate. However, since most of the food tends to sit in those wide chafing dishes, some of the meat and vegetables can get pretty dry if not routinely replaced.

Students care about where their money goes, and so the communication between dining and its vendors has to reflect that. If you’d like to learn more about U of L dining and its services, you can do so here

Wings, cornbread, fried plantains, and a brownie from the MarketPlace.

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U of L continues pop-up vaccination clinics Monday, Nov 29 2021 

By Madelin Shelton — 

BRIEF: The university announced Nov. 29 that it will continue to provide the COVID-19 vaccine, the COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine at both the Belknap and Health Sciences Center (HSC) campuses.

Upcoming vaccine clinics will occur Tuesday, Nov. 30, Wednesday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 3 at the Swain Student Activities Center (SAC) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pop-up site can be located across from the mail/print shop.

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, Thursday Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 10, pop-up vaccination clinics will be located in the Conference Center/Physicians Lounge of the U of L Healthcare Outpatient Center on the HSC Campus. Vaccines will be provided on these dates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

U of L strongly recommends making an appointment beforehand. The link to schedule one can be found here.

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U of L reaches vaccination goal; resists easing restrictions Thursday, Sep 16 2021 

By Madelin Shelton — 

U of L recently surpassed its 80 percent vaccination rate goal but has decided to keep certain health precautions in place.

Originally, the 80 percent goal was set to serve as a checkpoint for easing restrictions related to COVID-19, including the mask mandate for public, indoor spaces reimplemented on Aug. 9. The university has changed course and decided to keep the mask mandate in place, citing increased transmission numbers in the Jefferson County area and CDC guidance related to the transmissibility of the virus.

“Additionally, our university’s public health experts tell us higher percentages of vaccination rates across campus should be reached for optimal herd immunity,” said Executive Vice President and University Provost (EVPUP) Lori Stewart Gonzalez.

Gonzalez also said the university will closely monitor the situation and will update us when they have deemed it appropriate to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

Pop-up vaccination sites on campus will continue tomorrow, Sept. 17, in the Bingham Humanities lobby from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for students, faculty and staff to continue getting vaccinated. The pop-up sites will take a pause next week but will continue again starting Sept. 27., although individuals can still get vaccinated at the Health Sciences Center (HSC) Campus Health Center during that time. The locations and times of the university’s pop-up sites can be found here.

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University requires flu shot for those coming to campus Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville is now requiring all students, faculty and staff who come to campus to get a flu vaccination. The vaccinations will be provided free to members of the U of L community at various campus locations.

U of L will administer the free flu shots Monday through Friday from now until Nov. 6 at the Health Sciences Center and Belknap Campus.

The decision comes as health experts across the country stress the importance of receiving a flu vaccine this year to help alleviate the health care systems, which are predicted to be overburdened by COVID-19 patients in the coming fall and winter months.

Vaccination locations at the Belknap Campus include a drive-through option at the parking lot across from Reynolds Lofts and the Student Activities Center (SAC) on the first-floor hallway near the Canon print shop. The Belknap drive-through location will begin vaccinations on Oct. 28, while the SAC’s location is open now. Both locations will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The HSC locations include the U of L Healthcare Outpatient Center and the U of L Health drive-through. The outpatient center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m. The drive-through is open 8:30-11: 30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is also open 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All locations will be closed Nov. 3 for Election Day. After Nov. 6, flu shots will still be available at Campus Health Services at both the HSC and the Belknap campus.

University administration has asked for those receiving a flu shot to fill out the flu shot consent form prior to their visit to help decrease wait times at vaccination sites. The form is located under the Spotlight section on Campus Health Service’s website.

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