NEWBERRY — Listening and putting to use the opinions of its students, Newberry College opened up Ecogrounds by Java City last Friday morning in Kaufman Hall on campus. Students can now enjoy a variety of coffee, drinks, and snacks at hours different from the dining hall and Subway on campus.
“Ecogrounds is here in response to what you said last fall when asked what changes you’d like to see on campus,” President Maurice Scherrens said to the students. “This happened because you spoke up.”
Ecogrounds is fair trade certified, which guarantees farmers a minimum price for their coffee, which helps them to afford healthcare, education, and provides assistance in housing. The company is also organic certified, using only natural fertilizers and sustainable agricultural methods.
The “green” methods are something that appeal to many students at the college, including Anna Timberlake, sophomore class senator at large for the Newberry College Student Government Association (SGA).
“I love that it’s a very green environment,” Timberlake said. “I recommend the caramel apple cider.”
SGA President Rachel Williams was given the opportunity to make the first purchase Friday, and now recommends the café white mocha. The bill she used for her purchase was signed by her, and will now be hung on display.
“The changes on campus have now continued with the opening of Ecogrounds,” Williams said. “It just adds an extra touch to our campus that we needed.”
Matt Lugo, director of dining services, extends an invite to the community anytime they would like to stop by and visit the new campus coffee shop. Ecogrounds will also be open during Sunday brunch hours for the community to enjoy.
“We’re excited to grow our dining program,” Lugo said. “The students spoke and we were able to partner with SGA to make that happen.”
Ecogrounds is open Monday through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Saturdays, they will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and open again Sundays from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Lugo says the area will now host campus events such as poetry readings, and other entertainment for students.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.