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When you Just Gotta Eat

Daily grind got you down? Too many papers and too little time? Did your professor just tack an addendum onto the additional extra-reading, journal entry, and research paper due for tomorrow’s class?

Take a break and go to theCAF!

If you haven’t guessed already, that’s the local slang for the cafeteria.

Real original.

I know.

It is not to be mistaken for the CFL (Center for Faith and Learning), CFA (Center for the Arts), or CAL (Christmas at Luther). Somehow, in our pool of acronyms, we persevere, and manage to find our way to the food, because who could ever manage the student’s hectic, helter-skelter life on an empty stomach?

For my part, I love the Caf. It’s always got what I need to get me through the day:

Oh, you want some hash browns and orange juice as part of a complete breakfast? The Caf has got you covered! What did you say? A couple slices of flatbread, some humus, and a spinach salad? Count on the Caf! Pizza, burger, fries, soft-serve ice cream, and a soda pop (because you’ve “earned it”)? I’ll be darned, but the Caf has got that too!

There’s a pasta line, there’s a sandwich line, there’s a grill line, there’s vegetarian line, there’s a food allergen-free line, and there’s a main line that has something completely new every day. People who say that they get bored of the Caf’s food aren’t even trying— they could eat a unique three-course dinner every day of the week and never run out of options.

The best part is that all of this is available at the swipe of a card, because your standard meal plan is going to cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner— no muss, no fuss.

Now, plenty of people like to squeeze in a little extra homework time during a meal, but for my part, I just don’t find the idea of juggling textbooks and notecards and tomato bisque particularly appealing. No, instead I like to keep my meal times sacred; they’re a chance to unwind from all the hard work.

At breakfast and lunch, I peruse the day’s headlines (In all seriousness, the iPhone News App is the best thing that Apple has ever come out with). Dinner is a time to catch up with friends, because sometimes we don't have a chance to see eachother all day; so we get together, talk about our lives, and take a little break from assignments, research, music ensembles, etc., etc. We may be busy, but we always have time for each other.

So here’s to the Caf! It’s got everything I need to keep me going— and it’s only a two-minute walk from the library! Who could ask for more?

If your mouth is watering, why not take a look at the upcoming menu?

Eli Bowe

Eli Bowe

Eli Bowe is a senior Philosophy and Classical Studies major from Mondovi, Wisconsin. When he isn't studying in Preus Library, Eli can be found exploring the wilderness of Decorah or playing percussion with the Wind and Percussion Ensemble. Last year, Eli studied in England with Luther's Nottingham Program, so he's glad to be back on campus.

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A tasty lunch!
Dinnertime discussion with friends.
Don't forget dessert!

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