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Western Michigan University Student Center to Slow Enrollment Loss

In this special edition of 5 Things, Food Management highlights five things you may have missed recently about developments around the coronavirus and its impact on dine-in.

Here is your list for today:

  1. WMU plans to complete major student center project

Western Michigan University (WMU) trustees approved a $70 million bond to fund the completion of a new student center, a three-story, 162,450-square-foot building featuring nine shops and restaurants as well as a space for student organizations and gathering spaces, projected to open in fall 2021. During phase two of the project, scheduled for completion in fall 2022, a third-floor dining center with seven “micro-restaurants” will be added to the installation. WMU said the student center, along with recently completed new on-campus housing, are important parts of its efforts to reverse declining enrollment and attract new students.

Read more: Western Michigan University to borrow $70 million to complete student center project

  1. Cashless concessions tend to increase prices as taxes are integrated into the tab

The shift to cashless concessions at sports venues has led to higher list prices, as sales taxes are added to the retail price of items on menu boards. Previously, when cash was accepted, sales tax was usually built into the price listed for food and beverages, so the new approach actually generates additional revenue for teams and dealers.

Read more: With Cashless, taxes are now more often added to the displayed price

  1. Budget crisis could shut down University of Miami campus farm

The farm on the campus of the University of Miami’s Institute for Food in Ohio is facing the possibility of being completely defunded due to the university’s budget cuts. The farm supplies fresh food to the university’s food services as well as Talawanda Oxford Pantry & Social Services and more than 100 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscribers.

Read more: University of Miami’s Institute for Food at risk of closing

  1. SUNY announces spring plan

The State University of New York (SUNY) system has unveiled a comprehensive COVID-19 plan for the spring semester that pushes back the start date for in-person instruction to February 1, cancels spring break and requires all returning students to be tested and complete a seven-day preventive quarantine before arriving on campus. Face coverings will be required in classrooms, lecture halls and all other public areas where students are not alone and those eating in dining halls should be seated and remain socially distant.

Read more: No spring break and mandatory testing included in SUNY COVID-19 plan

  1. The University of Minnesota at Rochester will take over the space of a former restaurant

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) has received approval from the Rochester City Council to proceed with a $2.5 million expansion at the former home of The Loop, a commercial restaurant that closed in July , to create a new student lounge and on-campus dining space to be available to students in the first quarter of 2021. While COVID-19 has upended UMR’s future expansion plans, some sort of expansion Immediate was needed, thanks to an 11% increase in enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year, according to Chancellor Dr Lori Carrell.

Read more: UMR changes course on its expansion plans

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