As of this week, students with morning classes in DeBartolo Hall no longer need to get their coffee fix in another building and then rush across campus. A brand new Au Bon Pain coffee cart opened in the middle of DeBartolo Hall on Monday. The coffee cart, located next to the 101 DeBartolo auditorium in DeBartolo Hall, delivers on a campaign promise Alex Coccia and Nancy Joyce made during their 2013 election bid. The stand, known as the “DeBart Coffee Cart,” is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and offers both hot beverages and pastries to students and staff on their way to and from DeBartolo classes. Student Government partnered with Notre Dame Food Services to make the coffee cart a reality, student body president Alex Coccia said. Coccia said he appreciates the support from Food Services and other University departments. “Food Services has done a tremendous job putting together the coffee cart to ensure that it runs smoothly,” Coccia said. “We cannot thank them and John Affleck Graves’ entire office enough for their service to the students.” The manager of Au Bon Pain, Christina Ryan, said she was impressed with the success of the coffee cart so far. “[Tuesday] is only the second day that the cart has been open for business, and we have already doubled the number of students served. We served 171 yesterday, which was pretty amazing,” Ryan said. “As expected, we have been going through a lot of coffee, six gallons after only a couple of hours today.” Ryan also said students have voiced their appreciation and she hopes to add to the menu in the future to best serve students. “I’ve heard a lot of good feedback from students,” Ryan said. “We’re here for the students. Maybe next fall we’ll be able to offer more.” Coccia said the “DeBart Cart” is the result of a simple idea but has the potential to help a lot of people. “In our 2013 campaign, we promised to get hot caffeine in DeBartolo Hall,” Coccia said. “We proposed something simple but that would serve the needs of students who have multiple classes a day in DeBartolo and are stressed for time between them.” Student body vice president Nancy Joyce said any future changes or expansion of the coffee cart would be based on the student response. “This semester’s coffee cart is a pilot, which will be adjusted at the end of the semester to better suit the needs of students,” Joyce said.
Hyderabad: Sourabh Verma won the first mens singles match to deny the Kidambi Srikanth-led Bengaluru Raptors a win in the latters first outing at the Premier Badminton League in Gachibowli Stadium here on Friday.The former World No. 1 Srikanth stopped Ahmedabad’s winning streak to bring home one crucial point but his valiant effort ultimately went in vain in a narrow 3-4 loss for the Raptors.Earlier Ahmedabad’s Trump pair of Satwiksairaj and Sikki Reddy started the day on a winning note, even though the match had ebbs and flows.The Indians’ impressive fightback in the first game against Bengaluru’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith fell short as the CWG silver medallists pocketed the first game 15-13.Sikki’s sublime net-game helped them turn around their fortunes and build a lead of 8-4, which they extended to 15-11 to level the match. Satwik and Sikki showed nerves of steel to save a couple of match points in an enthralling decider to get the vital 2 points for the Season 3 semi-finalists.Russian Open champion Sourabh Verma’s athleticism and speed were instrumental in his pocketing the first game 15-11 over the Raptors’ Sai Praneeth.Sourabh continued to show a lot of urgency and purpose in his shots to prevent Sai from executing his deceptive strokes. Midway through the second game, Sai injected aggression into his shots to grab it 15-11 but Verma won the riveting third game on a decider point to push the Smash Masters up 3-0.Kidambi Srikanth had to work hard against the Smash Masters’ Daren Liew whom he trails 0-3 in their head-to-head record on the international circuit. The Bengaluru skipper exhibited his usual attacking shots to take the one-sided first game 15-9. The change of ends did not help the Indian with the drift troubling the World No. 8 for most of the second game and he conceded it 15-6.The Bengaluru man rebounded from it in style by playing a complete captain’s knock. Racing ahead to 8-0, he dashed all hopes of a Liew comeback by wrapping it up 15-11.Bengaluru always had the advantage in men’s doubles with two-time former world champions Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan being in their line-up.The revered Indonesian pair, Bengaluru’s Trump for the night, repaid the faith that the team had in them with a strong 15-13, 15-9 win over Ahmedabad’s scratch pair of Nandagopal Kidambi and Lee Chun Hei Reginald that levelled the tie score at 2-2.CWG bronze medallist Kirsty Gilmour completed the roaring comeback for the Smash Masters with a 15-8, 15-13 win over Bengaluru’s Vu Thi Trang.Gilmour had to sweat it out in the second game after sailing smoothly in her opening game. The Scot won six points in a row in the second half of the second game to get Ahmedabad’s third win this season. (IANS)Also Read: North Eastern Warriors seek to improve Premier Badminton League fortunes