Allen Chapman Activity Center

What is ACAC? One of our seniors, Victoria, tells us about one of her favorite places on campus….

One of my favorite places on campus is Allen Chapman Activity Center, affectionately called ACAC. It serves a variety of purposes; it’s the home of the bookstore, special events are held there, and most importantly it is a second dining option on campus. Freshman and sophomores have meal plans out of the Pat Case Dining Center (aka the Caf), but for juniors and seniors like me, many of their meals are supplemented in ACAC. Like the Caf, it is a place to eat and hang out with your friends.


ACAC is a very popular lunch option for students and there are a ton of things to choose from. There’s the Convenience Store (aka the C-Store) that has candy, salad, bar, hot meal options, and even home goods for sale. There’s also a coffee shop called Phat Katz; they’ll make any specialty coffee drink! My favorite food place is Chick-Fil-A. Every Friday my friends and I have what’s called “Chick Fil-A Friday.” It started freshman year and has continued ever since. We met at noon, eat lunch, and catch up with everyone! ACAC is a great place to see everyone on campus! There’s also a Subway in ACAC that is open at the hours of a Subway off-campus. It’s an awesome choice during a late night of studying. Another favorite is Benevenuto. It is a make-your-own pasta place upstairs. You choice what you want in it (from mushrooms to shrimp) and then they stir together with either alfredo, marinara, or pesto. My favorite combination is chicken and mushrooms with a mix of marinara and alfredo sauce.

Not only is Subway an option for nighttime dining, there’s also the Hurricane Hut. The Hut is unique to TU; it is our own restaurant on campus with typical American food. My friends and I meet there every Monday night to have smoothies and appetizers. They offer great specials for students and during big athletic games they have tons of TVs to watch and food to eat.

Not only is ACAC right on campus, but you can also use your Dining dollars or Gold dollars right from your ID card. Dining dollars come with campus meal plans and Gold dollars can be added to any account by using the online system. It’s simple and easy! Without a campus meal plan, ACAC has become one of my favorite places to hangout with friends!

What I’m Waiting For

It’s Emily here. I have reached the point in the semester at which there is a brief lull in the total insanity characteristic of my life. It’s at about this point every year when I just want this semester’s classes to be over, and I start checking the utulsa site every day in the hope that the new schedule of courses has been posted early (it officially becomes available October 17). I couldn’t tell you why thinking about swapping this semester’s classes for a whole new batch is always soothing somehow, but I can tell you that it probably has something to do with getting closer and closer to graduation.


In other news, I have a feeling not many seniors pick up new clubs and activities in their final year, but I’ve gotten involved in a couple of organizations I’m happy to have the opportunity to be part of. The Collegian, where I am a staff writer, has become an addiction, and it’s a  great excuse to talk to really interesting people on campus who I may not have gotten to know otherwise. I’ve also gotten involved with Earth Matters, and the dedicated people who are part of the group are really working to make TU a more sustainable place. We’re starting a campus garden and holding a kickoff October 22. Hooray for fresh produce!

Guess who finally has a game plan!

It’s Emily here. As anyone who knows me will probably tell you, I don not exactly excel at long term planning. I will obsess over every detail of an upcoming weekend, but ask me where I see myself a year from now and I typically haven’t got a clue.

All of that changed when I stumbled upon the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program. The two year program would be a great way for me to decide if I definitely want to pursue a career in public health. I’m planning to apply when the 2012 application goes live this winter. I’m the kind of girl who always has a backup plan, but I’m super excited about the possibility of being part of  PHAP.

Here’s the crazier part: I might even know what I want to do after the two year program ends. It turns out Tufts has a graduate program in agriculture, food and environment. At the moment it’s basically my dream program, and a killer way to combine my biology background, econ minor, and interest in food systems and sustainability.

We’ll see if this is still the plan a month from now, but at the moment this feels like a major step (and relieves a ton of future-related anxiety)!