INSIDE IOWA STATE
August 31, 2001
MU leaders look for dining options
by Linda Charles
Not enough people are using the Cardinal Room in the Memorial Union to
warrant keeping it open, so staff are searching for alternative "formal and
quiet" lunch settings.
Two alternatives to the Union's food court have been proposed: purchase
lunch in the food court and reserve a room that has linen and water provided
at no extra charge, or order catered lunches for small groups at $10 to $12
per person. Both would require a minimum 48-hour notice.
Union staff sent a survey to recent Cardinal Room diners, vice presidents,
deans and directors to see if either option would be supported. Based
partially on the survey results, a decision on whether to close the Cardinal
Room will be made by early September, said Memorial Union executive director
Mary Jo Mertens.
Mertens said a major problem with providing lunch in the Cardinal Room is
that the kitchen is on a lower level. There is room to put a new kitchen
between the Cardinal and Campanile rooms, but that would take thousands of
dollars the Union doesn't have.
"This is a hard decision," she said, "but we can no longer subsidize it to
the extent we have in the past."
Mertens said one suggestion for the Cardinal Room space is to turn it into a
university club. Such a renovation would need to be funded by the
university, she said.
Ideas for providing a more formal lunch setting are welcomed and should be
sent soon to Mertens,
email@example.com; Kathy Svec,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Angie Witt,
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
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