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Starbucks Debuts on Campus

Dorianna Valerio

An exciting new addition has come to Post! On September 6th, Starbucks debuted on campus at Hillwood Commons, in front of the ASL Gallery. The opening of the new coffee shop provides students with new meal choices and work opportunities.

The opening of Starbucks left students wondering if the new coffee spot will cause tuition prices to rise. According to Shawn Carvajal, the senior food service director at Aramark, the corporation that provides the dining services at Post, “there is no cost associated with tuition and the new Starbucks.”  Samantha Vega, a special education major and a junior, loves the fact that the new Starbucks won’t make tuition prices rise and since she’s been here, tuition has gone up $2,000.

While the prices at the Hillwood Starbucks are in line with the prices at the Starbucks located off-campus at the nearby Wheatley Plaza, students can continue to enjoy the benefits of using their meal cards at the new location.  Carvajal states that, “within the next few weeks the Universal Starbucks Card can also be used.”

Sheree Elder, a master of arts music theory and composition graduate student, said, “I think it’s great that there is a new Starbucks on campus. Most people like Starbucks, and it gives the school an exclusive edge over other campuses.”

The new store has also created jobs for the student body during these tough economic times.  Carvajal said, “We have had several students apply for positions at the new store, and there are a handful of students who are currently working for us.” He also added that anyone could apply for a position there; while experience is preferred, they are willing to train. As far as the job opportunities provided by the new Starbucks, Vega thinks it’s a good idea. “There are a lot of places on campus that don’t hire students,” Vega said, “and this gives students more options than just sitting at a desk.”

Students who are interested in working at Starbucks can stop by Room 240 in Hillwood Commons and ask for an application. Flexible work hours are provided.

Elder thinks there are more positives associated with the addition of the new Starbucks adding, “It’s going to make Hillwood exciting again, rather than having the same options all the time.”

The new Starbucks is open seven days a week, and its hours are Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m., Fridays 7:30 a.m-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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