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MC Caf Reopens Tuesday May 26

May 21, 2009

Mississippi College cafeteria regulars like Michael Hataway were spotted at restaurants around Clinton the past two weeks.

But he and other frequent diners will soon get back to their routine - the MC cafeteria will reopen for breakfast at 7 a.m. with the lunch crowd drifting in at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday May 26. That's the date summer classes are back in session.

The head of MC's graphic design program, Hataway had to hit the road in mid-May because the Caf was closed. "I was going all over, but primarily Wendy's,'' he said. At the restaurant where the Frosty is king, Hataway and artist Kenneth Quinn enjoyed the food and fellowship in late May.

A Raymond resident, Hataway is fond of the sandwiches, pizza and burgers at the Caf. But he's really in love with its ice cream. He makes sure he gets a few nice scoops in his cup. "I've never had trouble finding something to eat,'' Hataway says.

It's hard for faculty and staff to beat the rock bottom MC cafeteria prices - $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.

MC's director of continuing education, Ken Gilliam will continue to show up at the Caf a good bit this summer as will nearly 10,000 campers.

During the two weeks the Caf was shut, Gilliam often visited Jazzmans, the coffee and sandwich shop on the MC campus. He also ventured out to Clinton restaurants like Newks and Zaxby's on U.S. 80. Going to Newks puts him on familiar turf. "When you go to Newks, you see another MC person.''

Considering the affordable prices and the variety, Gilliam is sold on the MC Caf. "I think it is good food for the money,'' he said. " You can find something in there you like.'' The deli entrees and vegetables are among his favorites.

But the Caf isn't for everyone. Some faculty and staff prefer to tote a brown bag lunch from home, or stroll to a restaurant in Olde Towne Clinton.

MC cafeteria hours in the B.C. Rogers Student Center are 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. for breakfast; 10:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. for dinner.

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