Annual Town Hall Meeting Highlights Major Upgrades

Benjamin McKnight

On Tuesday, campus President David Wilson introduced a handful of big changes coming to the Morgan State University community in the next few months and years.

Wilson made it clear that he heard complaints and requests of students and faculty alike, and that the university will undergo major upgrades, specifically with the food choices on campus and technological improvements, in the next two years.

He began with the more immediate changes, confirming rumors that a Chick-Fil-A restaurant will open in the canteen in January 2016 and will be ready when students return from winter break. Additionally, a new yogurt shop will be opened in the Student Center and, in the summer of 2016, the Rawlings Dining Halls would be worked on to introduce new menus with healthier food choices and even a vegan menu.

The library will also incur some changes, with a Starbucks station and sandwich shop slated to be added as early as late spring 2016.

As for residence life, he mentioned that there will be experimentation with changing visitation hours in residence halls to begin at 12 p.m. daily rather than the normal 4 p.m. Some landscaping work will also be done around the dorms and the campus to “to make the campus more home-like.”

The president concluded the Town Hall addressing questions and concerns raised by students. Among the questions raised were possibly extending library and computer lab hours, where December graduation commencements would be held, the creation of a Morgan-based website to exchange textbooks and personal appliances, the statuses of students’ deferred payments and even creating a place on campus for students to run self-owned businesses.

Wilson said he enjoyed the students’ thoughtful responses to his work and said their reception was good. He also said he loved the ideas he heard, specifically about creating a space for student-owned businesses. “I’m excited for the community of Morgan State,” said Wilson.