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Kennedy Union gets a makeover

3:04 PM  Oct 3rd, 2017
by Elizabeth Kyle ’18

Ever since students stepped foot on campus to begin a fresh semester, the Flyer community has been buzzing about the newest renovations in Kennedy Union.

For the first time in over 25 years, Kennedy Union has undergone a major makeover. Three micro-restaurants have been installed: Spice, Toss and ’Que. And, Au Bon Pain made it’s debut at KU last month.

In further renovations and improvements, KU’s rooftop seating area has been transformed with faculty and staff working hard in September planting greenery to create a sustainable garden.

On Sept. 29, chatter filled the front steps of KU as dozens gathered awaiting the official dedication of KU’s newest additions. The celebration included remarks from University President Eric F. Spina, a blessing ceremony by Vice President for Mission and Rector, Father James Fitz S.M., tours of the spaces and complimentary food samples from each of the restaurants.

“It’s exciting to be here, this is a major enhancement to student life on campus,” said Bill Fischer, vice president of Student Development, who kicked off the ceremony.

President Spina further described UD as a values-driven institution with a passion to create improved spaces for students to eat, gather and enjoy.

“The collaboration has led to a great product,” Spina said. “Folks came together to create a high-functioning, attractive space.”

Fitz  led the crowd in prayer, blessing the new additions in KU. Themes from his blessing included protecting God’s earth through sustainability and being grateful for the meals shared in the space.

Once the outside ceremony concluded, the celebration continued inside with a spread of culinary creations from each dining space in KU. With strawberry goat cheese salad and pulled pork sliders among the options, attendees found it difficult to pick what they wanted to try first. The hit of the night was the buffalo chicken pizza.

Katie Doile, a first year student, described KU as the go to place for lunch, “KU is very nice. There’s a lot of different options. My favorite things to get are salads from Toss.”

To see a 360 degree video of the new renovation, please follow the link: https://youtu.be/tE1YV_x-Y38

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