Usdanistan – notes

Just got back from having my first meal at Usdan… Some random bits:

  • The water fountains have this little niche with an overhead spout where you can fill bottles with filtered cold water
  • Stainless steel everything
  • Touchscreen directories on main floor
  • Lots of infodesks scattered around
  • Corkboards for flyers/announcements
  • Glass-covered displays for student artwork
  • Plasma screen TVs everywhere
  • Computer stations everywhere
  • Vending machines take WesCards!
  • Crazy IKEA-ish lights/chairs
  • Fireplace in 3rd floor
  • Gameroom in basement with 2 ping pong tables and 2 table soccer things
  • Mad crazy terrace, mad accessible roof
  • Main dining areas split into 2 sides
  • Dining area is CARPETED
  • Tables are square and seat 4 each
  • VERY crowded. With just OLs, RAs, PAs and international students, the place was adequately described to me as a “clusterfuck”. Hopefully will be less crowded when everyone isn’t all showing up at the exact same time. Lots of congestion around the Mongolian Grill (line wrapped around to cashier’s; had to cut line to get drinks/get out of the Marketplace), probably will get better as workers are trained
  • Wendy’s here!

As for the food itself, it was very well-presented and professional-looking. The vegan stuffed eggplant I had wasn’t very good, but I hear that generally the food is good to great. Maybe I got a bad batch?

ALSO you can get your mailbox combination in e-portfolio under…somewhere.

52 thoughts on “Usdanistan – notes

  1. Anonymous

    no- the retail space in Usdan is for Wes merchandise only. the city of Middletown begged the school to keep the bookstore where it is, and consequently, broad st. books will continue to be the only place to buy books. if you’re in the market for a $60 Wes sweatshirt, however, that is easily found in Usdan

  2. Anonymous

    Not only is Wendy back but I ran into Dave of the Mocon grilling table! I swear he told me that last semester was his final one but I’m not complaining

  3. Anonymous

    Not only is Wendy back but I ran into Dave of the Mocon grilling table! I swear he told me that last semester was his final one but I’m not complaining

  4. Anonymous

    Not only is Wendy back but I ran into Dave of the Mocon grilling table! I swear he told me that last semester was his final one but I’m not complaining

  5. Anonymous

    ah, more stuff. I believe there is a pool table downstairs. Also downstairs are more meeting rooms for student groups, and steel drum ensemble rehearsal space. this is also where you get some big packages. NOT ALL tables only seat four. There are longer ones. And like in mocon, there are trays for everyone… so hopefully the food will stay on said tray.

  6. Anonymous

    ah, more stuff. I believe there is a pool table downstairs. Also downstairs are more meeting rooms for student groups, and steel drum ensemble rehearsal space. this is also where you get some big packages. NOT ALL tables only seat four. There are longer ones. And like in mocon, there are trays for everyone… so hopefully the food will stay on said tray.

  7. Anonymous

    ah, more stuff. I believe there is a pool table downstairs. Also downstairs are more meeting rooms for student groups, and steel drum ensemble rehearsal space. this is also where you get some big packages.

    NOT ALL tables only seat four. There are longer ones. And like in mocon, there are trays for everyone… so hopefully the food will stay on said tray.

  8. Anonymous

    OH! and another thing. There are big spaces with railings on the second floor that overlook the first floor when you lean out. These are where the long student event banners (still being painted at the old WSA building on high st.) will be placed. Although one of the deans said “oh, it will be like always, you sign up for a spot and then put your banner there…” i’ve personally never had to sign something in order to put up a piece of paper, but maybe this is a new rule.

  9. Anonymous

    OH! and another thing. There are big spaces with railings on the second floor that overlook the first floor when you lean out. These are where the long student event banners (still being painted at the old WSA building on high st.) will be placed. Although one of the deans said “oh, it will be like always, you sign up for a spot and then put your banner there…” i’ve personally never had to sign something in order to put up a piece of paper, but maybe this is a new rule.

  10. Anonymous

    OH! and another thing. There are big spaces with railings on the second floor that overlook the first floor when you lean out. These are where the long student event banners (still being painted at the old WSA building on high st.) will be placed. Although one of the deans said “oh, it will be like always, you sign up for a spot and then put your banner there…” i’ve personally never had to sign something in order to put up a piece of paper, but maybe this is a new rule.

  11. Anonymous

    Hey, I’m an OL, I’ve been here for awhile and know the food stuff… at least so far labeling has been pretty bad. They’ve labeled stuff as vegetarian, but vegan things not at all. You have to ask. Usually they’re very good about calling someone up and asking them whats vegan and whats not, but hopefully more obvious labeling will be in place by wednesday, when the meal plans start. The vegan area od the marketplace DOES have special utensils that handle anything vegan…but that station hasn’t been available to us.Also, there is the new location of the computer store on campus. ANNND, the new wesparaphanalia bookstore minicousin is on the first floor. They have Wesleyan flip-flops again, finally! And new, maybe just this year….WESLEYAN CARGO SHORTS FOR BOYS!

  12. Anonymous

    Hey, I’m an OL, I’ve been here for awhile and know the food stuff… at least so far labeling has been pretty bad. They’ve labeled stuff as vegetarian, but vegan things not at all. You have to ask. Usually they’re very good about calling someone up and asking them whats vegan and whats not, but hopefully more obvious labeling will be in place by wednesday, when the meal plans start. The vegan area od the marketplace DOES have special utensils that handle anything vegan…but that station hasn’t been available to us.Also, there is the new location of the computer store on campus. ANNND, the new wesparaphanalia bookstore minicousin is on the first floor. They have Wesleyan flip-flops again, finally! And new, maybe just this year….WESLEYAN CARGO SHORTS FOR BOYS!

  13. Anonymous

    Hey, I’m an OL, I’ve been here for awhile and know the food stuff… at least so far labeling has been pretty bad. They’ve labeled stuff as vegetarian, but vegan things not at all. You have to ask. Usually they’re very good about calling someone up and asking them whats vegan and whats not, but hopefully more obvious labeling will be in place by wednesday, when the meal plans start.

    The vegan area od the marketplace DOES have special utensils that handle anything vegan…but that station hasn’t been available to us.

    Also, there is the new location of the computer store on campus. ANNND, the new wesparaphanalia bookstore minicousin is on the first floor. They have Wesleyan flip-flops again, finally! And new, maybe just this year….WESLEYAN CARGO SHORTS FOR BOYS!

  14. Anonymous

    so the game room doesn’t have a pool table, then?

    also, what else is in the basement level?

  15. Mad Joy

    hey anonymous, wasn’t that a little unnecessary?good labeling is awesome because it means us vegetarians don’t have to bug the poor workers “So… do you know whether this has chicken broth in it?” which they inevitably have no way of knowing, and don’t bug our meat-eating friends with complaints about how we just found beef in our burrito.

  16. Mad Joy

    hey anonymous, wasn’t that a little unnecessary?good labeling is awesome because it means us vegetarians don’t have to bug the poor workers “So… do you know whether this has chicken broth in it?” which they inevitably have no way of knowing, and don’t bug our meat-eating friends with complaints about how we just found beef in our burrito.

  17. Mad Joy

    hey anonymous, wasn’t that a little unnecessary?

    good labeling is awesome because it means us vegetarians don’t have to bug the poor workers “So… do you know whether this has chicken broth in it?” which they inevitably have no way of knowing, and don’t bug our meat-eating friends with complaints about how we just found beef in our burrito.

  18. Brandi

    Your new student center could beat up our new student center. Well, maybe. I mean it’d be a close fight but you’d still win.

  19. Brandi

    Your new student center could beat up our new student center. Well, maybe. I mean it’d be a close fight but you’d still win.

  20. Brandi

    Your new student center could beat up our new student center. Well, maybe. I mean it’d be a close fight but you’d still win.

  21. Holly

    Also, seeing as every student will hit it at the same time–11:50 to be precise–I see this clusterfucking as likely.

  22. Holly

    Also, seeing as every student will hit it at the same time–11:50 to be precise–I see this clusterfucking as likely.

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