Cox Hall Alters Options Based on Feedback

COXCOXwebWhile students were away from campus this summer, Cox Hall underwent a significant overhaul and brought new dining options to students.

The new additions to Cox Hall include Twisted Taco, Top Hat Pizza, Dooley’s Grill, D.B.A. Barbeque, Star Ginger, Cox Salad Bowl and the Green Bean, which Food Advisory Committee Emory (FACE) announced on its blog during the summer.

In addition to the new restaurant venues, Cox has now added a convenience store called Cox Convenience Corner, also known as C3.

Since last semester, FACE has been conducting surveys and holding interest meetings to determine what food venues students would be most satisfied with in Cox Hall based on student feedback, the Wheel reported in March.

“When selecting the new venues, it was all about balance,” Karoline Porcello, College junior and FACE co-chair, wrote in an email to the Wheel. “There is no ‘average’ student here at Emory, and so we recognized the need to accommodate a vast array of people.”

Porcello also cited FACE’s goal to provide healthy options as well as indulgences, and made-to-order as well as to-go meals to cater to Emory’s diverse community.

In addition to Sodexo brands, Cox now houses local businesses, such as D.B.A Barbeque, which enables the Emory community to support our local economy as students eat on campus, said Emily Cumbie-Drake, Emory’s sustainability program coordinator.

Meanwhile, the convenience store provides smaller and more portable food options and every-day items and places them in a side location, Porcello said.

FACE will again be collecting student feedback at their meetings this semester to decide what C3 will have in stock in the upcoming year.

Among the changes is the removal of Chick-fil-A from Cox Hall. Chick-fil-A’s presence on campus was a controversial subject last year, as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and others protested to eliminate the venue.

Emory has said it dropped Chick-fil-A due to a lack of student interest — not for political reasons.

FACE also plans to reevaluate Freshens, Einstein’s Bagels at the Goizueta Business School and Jazzman’s Cafe at the Robert W. Woodruff Library, Porcello said.

— By Naomi Maisel

Photo by Dustin Slade, Asst. News Editor