Top 5 Updates to Maryville Fall 2016

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  1. Fresh Ideas Freshens Up 
Fresh Ideas employee, Debbie Warnack, shows off the new baked potato warmer. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.
Fresh Ideas employee, Debbie Warnack, shows off the new baked potato warmer. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.

There has been buzz around Maryville about all the great updates in the cafeteria. It’s fun to see some of our ideas from the suggestion box come to life.

For those students with a sweet tooth, there are a few new options. This semester, Fresh Ideas debuted the new smoothie machine that will continuously make two flavors. Fresh Ideas has also added an all-day doughnut cabinet, which is sure to break a few diets during the semester.

We can’t forget the bake station that is fully-stocked with all our favorite desserts. Situated conveniently by the cashiers, it’ll be hard to say no to some classic baked goods.

As for the most talked-about addition, Fresh Ideas created a baked potato station complete with a plethora of topping options.

  1. iPads for All

    Mayuko Take, student, speaks with staff member, Sara Parrott about her first week of classes. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.

The time has now come when walking into a classroom, there are iPads at every desk. This is the first semester that every full-time undergraduate student at Maryville received iPad to help enhance the classroom experience.

With an increase in technology at hand to each student, it’ll be interesting to see how professors chose to integrate the iPad into curriculum. These iPads are great for the students that are always glued to Canvas and the students that got eBooks.

  1. Textbook Takeover
Maryville University Bookstore located in the Donius Univeristy Center. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.
Maryville University Bookstore located in the Donius Univeristy Center. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.

This is the first year the bookstore rolled out the new textbook distribution system. The staff has taken over complete control of distributing all required course materials for full-time undergraduate students.

“Not having to spend the extra effort to find out where to buy books and where was cheapest was nice,” Ian Dunn, junior, said. “It was also nice to not have multiple purchases, and to be told to pick up [all] textbooks at the same time.”
The new system has eliminated the hassle of searching multiple sites for the best price on textbooks, and professors no longer have to worry about students not purchasing the required materials. It’s a win-win for everyone.

  1. Sports Fields Get Redone
Maryville University's Weber Baseball Field. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.
Maryville University’s Weber Baseball Field. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.

Two beautiful updates to the Maryville campus are the soccer and baseball fields. The new turf fields will be easier to manage and they will stay vibrant year-round.

According to freshman soccer player Sander Heieren, he likes playing on the turf and enjoys the length of the turf. While playing on the turf is enjoyable, students do need to be careful, because the, “turf gets burning hot in the sun,” Heieren said.

With the addition of men’s lacrosse to athletics, a new group of student athletes are now able to enjoy their home-away-from-home and the new fields that reside at Maryville.

  1. Saints Hall Sensation
Cierra Hilmes, freshman, stands outside Saints Hall. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.
Cierra Hilmes, freshman, stands outside Saints Hall. Photo courtesy of Jordan Coker.

The most notable addition to the Maryville community for this school year was the new residence hall near the Conway Road campus entrance. The massive, four-floor building makes a beautiful first impression for everyone entering campus.

Cierra Hilmes, freshman, said she never expected to live a dorm this nice as a first-year student. She also said living in Saints Hall is a “happy environment” and she enjoys how “put together” the whole building is with the new furniture and beautiful gym. This year over 200 students have made Maryville history by being the first group of residents in Saints Hall.

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