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Famished? We rank the best places to eat on campus  February 9th, 2012

[The Daily Barometer, Feb. 9, 2012] — Oregon State University houses a plethora of conveniently placed cafés that offer a wide variety of delectable delicacies. Depending on your cravings, these eateries can offer you anything from a mid morning snack to a full-blown meal. We feel that these “birds” have flown under the radar and have been greatly underutilized for far too long. It’s time the public knows the truth about the magic happening in and around these refectories on a daily basis.

Alexander Crawford and Kyle Hart decided to let their ferocious appetites fuse with the power of the pen to bring you our list, ranking the best eateries on campus. This list excludes eating establishments that are currently in dining centers. Components that were considered in our write-up include, but are not limited to: customer service, timeliness, creativity, ingenuity, and general taste.

6. Bing’s Café

(Weatherford Hall): Let me start off by saying that although Bing’s is at the bottom of this list, it is by no means a bad spot to eat.  We just felt that the other five eateries we explored were either tastier or had more to offer.  Bing’s is a classic café-sandwiches, coffee, gelato and a modified calzone called a calzini. The sandwiches at Bing’s are always fresh and they allow for you to include a myriad of different veggies.  It is also worth noting that the coffee at Bing’s is from Starbucks.  Every other coffee location at OSU is serves either Allann Bros. or Portland Roasting Company (expect for the Peet’s Coffee in the new International Living-Learning Center which serves…well… Peet’s).  The number one reason to visit Bing’s is actually not the food, but an opportunity to talk to Carol — the Bing’s manager — a legend on the OSU campus.

Read the full article by Alex Crawford and Kyle Hart.

Residing at OSU: A glance at student living  October 4th, 2011

A look at the variety of living situations Oregon State students call home

Built in 1948, Sackett Hall is the oldest dormitory on campus, and was originally an all-girls dorm. The hall is divided into four quadrants, with two wings per quadrant and approximately 300 students. Students live on single-gender floors, with a standard floor-bathroom set-up. One wing in Sackett is designated as the quiet wing. Most rooms are doubles, with sleeping porches and walk-in closets. …

Newly completed this year in 2011, the shimmering glass International Living Learning Center across from Halsell, Finley and Bloss is a serious envy-inducer for other residents of University Housing and Dining Service halls. Students live on one of four co-ed floors, with single and double occupancy rooms boasting private and suite-style bathrooms. Most double rooms are supposed to house a domestic and an international student together. …

McNary Hall, the Honors College hall, is home to approximately 350 students on five floors. It offers both single and double rooms as well as special “quad” rooms, on co-ed floors with a standard floor-bathroom set-up. McNary also has a quiet wing, and a women-only wing.

Read more from The Daily Barometer. (Published Oct. 4, 2011)