By Karl Schneider
Staff Writer

The University Center is no longer a remote island with minimal food sources. Starting spring semester 2012, Dining Services has implemented a new, easy-to-access food outlet.

Constance Hitchens-Robinson prepares for her customers in the new location on the ground floor Student Lounge of UC Building - Drew Scofield/Collegian

Previously, those in the UC building had to trek up to the third floor, to a far-off corner of the building for their daily dose of java and a light snack. The snack bar, run by Constance Hitchens-Robinson, was nestled in a nook between the work-in-progress iLoft and the UC buildings. The bridge where the bar was located in was closed, meaning everyone had to hoof it up the three flights of stairs in the UC building to gain access to it. Since the location of the previous snack bar was in the far reaches of the building, it was decided a new location was necessary for fall 2011.

The new and larger snack bar is located in the Student Lounge on the first floor of the UC building. The location on the first floor provides students, staff and teachers in the building convenient access. It also gives the snack bar more room to operate and hopefully bring better business to the stand.  “We are trying to get everything set in the first few weeks.  I am so happy with the location,” said Hitchens-Robinson.

The snack bar in the UC Lounge features Seattle’s Best Coffee, freshly baked pastries in the mornings and pre-made sandwiches and wraps during lunch and throughout the afternoon.

Due to contract obligations, the newly moved snack bar will not see a change of ownership, but will remain under the care and supervision of Hitchens-Robinson. “We are open at 7 a.m.  to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will re-open from 3 p.m.  to 6 p.m. Then Fridays, we are only open from 7 a.m.  to 2 p.m.,” said Hitchens-Robinson.

LCCC’s contract with Starbucks prevents other food service venues from establishing a presence on campus.  “We were trying to explore different options available to us,” said Dave Cummings of Auxiliary Services.