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    Free Food Expo Draws In Students

    As the end of the semester nears and meal points diminish, nothing sounds better to students than two words: free food.

    Students got their wish yesterday with Campus Dining’s annual food show, “Taste of Stony Brook,” which was held during Campus Lifetime in the Student Activities Center Ballroom A. The show drew in over 2,500 students, faculty and staff for an afternoon snack or, in many cases, feast.

    The food show featured an array of goodies for guests to choose from, including sushi, smoothies, ice cream, pastries, breads, drinks, and sandwiches.

    There were 35 vendors at the show, according to Lisa Ospitale, director of marketing and communications for Campus Dining. The vendors are all under Chartwells, which is Stony Brook’s dining provider.

    Kelly Caron, a sophomore, waited on the popular Tropi-Kool Smoothie line for a strawberry smoothie. Caron hopes Tropi-Kool Smoothies will become a permanent addition to Campus Dining.

    Rose Jimenez, a freshman, said her favorite food and beverage was the Boar’s Head sandwiches and SoNu, a flavored water beverage.

    While many students snacked on a few samples, others stockpiled as much food as possible. Many balanced as many products as possible, which was quite a sight. Others piled all types of foods in boxes, most likely stocking their fridges for the next few weeks as meal points fade.

    Campus Dining employees encouraged guests entering the ballroom to fill out a survey. The survey asked guests to list their top five favorite food vendors at the show. Survey results were not available in time for this story’s deadline.

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