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Sunday, February 23, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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With Student Union Closed, Nic Short On Places To Socialize Can You Believe It? First Day Of Classes And There’s No Espresso!

Never mind the long line at the crammed bookstore’s temporary location.

Never mind that student government offices have moved to the cement-block recesses of the college’s bomb shelter.

Never mind that health services, advising, the career center and campus recreation all have been relocated since students last were on campus.

What could be worse on the first day of classes, the first morning after seeing all your old friends?

“The worst part is there’s no espresso, which is really the fall of humanity if you ask me,” said Drew Grieb, a second-year NIC student studying aeronautical science. “They say it might be one or two weeks.”

Grieb wasn’t the only NIC student returning to class Monday morning craving cappucino. It seems the one temporary snack bar operating in place of the cafeteria Monday was only serving regular cups of Joe, rather than the fully loaded dolled-up doses.

With the Edminster student union building closed for remodeling, students returning to school will need to reorient themselves. But finding the necessary school offices seemed less difficult than establishing a new place to socialize. A large contingent of students loitered around the lobby of Christianson Gymnasium on Monday, where a temporary snack bar stayed busy. Others lounged on steps, benches and rocks around campus.

“I’m not sure where people are going to hang out when it gets colder. I guess people will have to go to the library,” a disappointed Ryan Erlandson said, grimacing at the thought of such sedate surroundings.

College officials are doing their best to make do. They’ve set up temporary study tables and comfortable chairs in every available corner of space in the remaining buildings on campus.

The snack bar at the gymnasium sells sandwiches, bagels, snacks and another vending area (with espresso) will be operating in Boswell Hall soon. Dormitory students, who used to eat in the student union cafeteria, are enjoying lunch catered by Crickett’s Restaurant and dinner by Emory’s, NIC’s on-site training restaurant.

In the meantime, the nearest triple espresso is at NIC’s Memorial Field.

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