Welcome to Georgia State University’s official blog for PantherDining. This year, we’ve got all sorts of surprises waiting in store. Lots of stories on goings on at our campus eateries and dining halls, including info from nutrition services and sustainability, list articles, advice for incoming students, special events, and of course, humorous references to old movies you’ve never heard of.
Unlike some other campus blogs, our writing is always snappy, cracklin’, and poppy. We try to keep things light here — light as buttermilk biscuits with your scrambled eggs. Mmm, those warm grits drizzling over smoked pork sausage and crab legs. Oooh, crab legs, steamed, boiled and just drizzling with butter and seasoning. And some fries with that, like those curly fries down at Piedmont Central, just perfectly cooked and crispy. (Although those super-curled soggy ones are good, too.)
Sorry. Sometimes we get stuck on food. Anyway, this is just the introductory post, so you know what sort of tone and dynamic to expect. Maybe a little more structured in the future with professional-type photography and all that. We’ll see.
Now, you may be wondering what that headline up at the top has to do with chowing down at one of our fabulous campus eateries or dining halls. Well, aside from it being a reference both to a classic 80s film and the international flavor available at each of our dining halls, this headline is a reminder — a reminder that you are one of the privileged few on this planet to get a chance at a higher education. Embrace it. Study hard. Party harder. And eat responsibly. Attend plenty of pool parties and LAN nights and whatever it is college kids do nowadays in between classes. Probably some third thing.
I know what you may be thinking — “William, how on Earth can the world be ours? Haven’t you been watching the news? The world’s going to heck in a handbasket! And most folks can’t even tell a handbasket from a regular basket!”
You’re not wrong, hypothetical reader. But let’s consider this — college graduates make up a small percentage of the overall population. You are part of the intelligentsia of this country, like it or not, and soon you will be called upon to do your part for the ongoing cluster-mumble we call society. What will you do in service to your country? It’s up to you to decide how you’ll spend these four years and the ones beyond. Will you discover your strengths and seek to apply them toward the betterment of mankind? Will you spend every weekend hung over and splayed out on the roof of a Buckhead parking garage? Or will you devote your time to developing your written prose, so that one day you, too, can become a featured blogger at a university just an hour’s ride away on MARTA?
Being a college kid is an incredible privilege. Please don’t waste it. I mean, sure, waste your time a little, (College is meant to be a little fun, after all.) but you know, responsibly. Everything in moderation. All that jazz. Graduation comes faster than you think. Take it from me. Just a few weeks ago, I was 21, thinking graduation was months away and no big worry. Now I’m 35. It happens faster than you think. If that thought scares you, don’t worry. That’s just your sense of mortality. Indeed, the specter of death haunts us all. Memento Mori. In the midst of life, we are in death. The skull and the rose. The grave awaits no matter how far or fast we…
Yikes! That got dark. Where was I?
Ah yes — the world being yours. Of course, I don’t mean that in terms of politics, necessarily. Changing the world takes time, and barring armed revolution or alien invasion, our current system of pretending-we’re-not-an-oligarchy doesn’t show any signs of ending. But there are many ways to express ownership of our bright blue marble. The arts offer the unique opportunity to change the world through song, dance, and the written word. (Take that, sculptors.) And there’s always time to stop and smell the roses. Or the cheeseburgers. Which is where the dining halls come in.
Our campus eateries and dining halls serve a very important, albeit singular, purpose on campus — to keep you fed and healthy. And while it’s true that not all offerings may be to your liking, the variety and nutritional value you’ll find at Patton, Piedmont Central or Piedmont North comes almost second to none. Especially considering the price. True, they’re not the most glamorous of locales, but they do provide a natural gathering place on campus for people of like minds to discuss the issues of the day as well as gain respite from long hours spent poring over ancient tomes in the library. Or just a great place to grab some pretzels before freshmen English. In any case, we provide the fuel for the future leaders of tomorrow. Cliched sentiment? Perhaps. But true, nonetheless.
And, while you ready yourself to take on the world post-graduation, this blog will be here to provide humorous and informative articles on the ongoing adventure that is campus life. Of course, we also love to hear from our adoring public. So, if you have ideas on what you’d like us to cover this year, please don’t hesitate to visit our social media pages (@gsudininghalls), and don’t forget our central HQ, right across from Piedmont Central.
Well friends, that’s all the time we have for today. Good luck to all incoming freshmen, and to all the upper-level kiddos, remember — the pool party is on top of Kell Hall this year.