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Renovations Under Way for New-look Cafeteria

Friday, May 16, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

DineThanks to the vision of the previous Student Government Association administration and the work of the current group, the students at Texas State Technical College will soon have a new place to eat and lounge on campus.

The previous SGA set in motion the wheels to start renovations of the current cafeteria hoping to make it livelier and more welcoming to students. The new SGA has already met with architects and has passed along suggestions made by students in surveys conducted by the previous SGA officers.

Construction is expected to be complete by the first day of school in the Fall 2014 semester.

"We wanted a café and lounge-type setting for our students," SGA Parliamentarian Francisco Rodriguez said. "We wanted a student union atmosphere where students can feel comfortable coming in and just hanging out."

Vice President for Student Development Mary Gallegos Adams said the TSTC administration has been very cooperative and is excited to provide a new-look cafeteria to its students.

"We listened to the students and gave them what they wanted," Gallegos Adams said. "We've met with the students and heard their suggestions and now we're ready to move forward and make the cafeteria a better place for them to enjoy."

The hours of operation the cafeteria is open was another issue. During its regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the cafeteria serves as a place for students to hang out and wait for classes to start.

SGA treasurer David Jurado said they're hoping to extend the hours to at least 5 p.m. but are aiming for 7 p.m. The Learning Resource Center is open until 8 p.m.

"We'd like for a lot of night students to take advantage of this new cafeteria too," Jurado said.

Renovations will be made to about two-thirds of the cafeteria, which is already blocked off to students, staff and faculty.

The remodel will consist of higher ceilings, new furniture and a completely revamped VIP Room. The current VIP Room is a small area on one end of the cafeteria blocked off by outdated, sliding wall separators.

"The new VIP Room will have glass walls," Rodriguez said. "If it's not being utilized, it's extra space for our students."

There will also be a coffee shop in the new cafeteria and new furniture to accommodate the atmosphere.

"We kind of think of ourselves as pioneers for the college," SGA President Andrew Martinez-Diaz said. "We're proud that we gave students an opportunity to have input and truly make this their own place."

Jurado said the SGA hopes that the renovated cafeteria will attract more students to SGA related events held in the cafeteria and in turn create a more involved student body.

"This is all for the students of TSTC," Jurado said. "It's going to be a great new place to come, hang out and meet new people."

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