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.
With its College Football Playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Ohio State on Saturday delivered a convincing 45-24 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game that will, at the very least, secure it a spot in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes (12-1) hope their result, in addition to the resume they built throughout the regular season, is enough for the committee to push them ahead of Oklahoma and Georgia and into the Playoff. While many saw the Wildcats (8-5) as undeserving of being in the championship game due to their lack of a big win and because they are in the weaker West Division, they held their own, even getting cutting Ohio State’s lead to three points in the third quarter. Three turnovers ultimately cost them, but they refused to go down without a fight and put Ohio State on the ropes. BENDER: Final Playoff predictionsThe Buckeyes looked like they might run away with the game after building a 24-7 halftime lead behind Dwayne Haskins’ excellent quarterback play, but Northwestern responded with a pair of touchdowns that kept it close through much of the third stanza. Ohio State ultimately pulled away late with a trio of touchdown passes from Haskins and never let the Wildcats get closer than seven points in the fourth quarter.MORE: Watch college football on fuboTV (7-day free trial)Haskins added to his impressive season — which was already one of the best for a quarterback in Big Ten history — with 499 passing yards and five touchdowns. He is likely to get an invitation to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony next Saturday. The four Playoff teams will be revealed at approximately 12:30 ET Sunday; the Buckeyes will wait in agony until then as they hope to make their third Playoff appearance in five years.Sporting News provided live updates of Ohio State vs. Northwestern in the Big Ten championship (all times Eastern):Ohio State vs. Northwestern: Score, results, highlightsFinal: Ohio State 45, Northwestern 2411:46 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Ohio State. Haskins marches down the field in eight plays and connects with J.K. Dobbins for another touchdown. This one seems to be over. Ohio State 45, Northwestern 2411:35 p.m.: Northwestern goes for it on fourth down at the Ohio State 46 but Thorson’s pass is incomplete and it’s a turnover on downs. The Wildcats are in big trouble.11:26 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Ohio State. Haskins and Dixon hook up again and this time it’s six. Ohio State 38, Northwestern 24″This kid is masterclass right now!” – @joelklatt on Dwayne Haskins pic.twitter.com/fhwcF1b3uv— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 2, 201811:25 p.m.: Not a touchdown, but Haskins uncorks a mammoth throw to Johnnie Dixon for a 63-yard completion to put Ohio State at the opposing 15-yard line. 11:20 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Northwestern. The Wildcats can’t get in the end zone on three plays within the 6-yard line, so they settle for a chip shot field goal. Ohio State 31, Northwestern 24 11:17 p.m.: Quick swing in Northwestern’s favor. Thorson completes two passes for 48 yards and then Ohio State is flagged 15 yards for pass interference. The ball is at the Buckeyes’ 17.11:13 p.m.: It’s blocked! Blake Haubeil’s 27-yard field goal attempt is tipped at the line and the Buckeyes come up empty.11:11 p.m.: Dwayne Haskins now finds Johnnie Dixon to move them inside the Northwestern 15-yard line. Ohio State is knocking on the door.End of third quarter: Ohio State 31, Northwestern 2111:05 p.m.: Northwestern with nothing doing again. Two incompletions, a pass for a loss, and a false start is the extent of its drive.11:01 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Ohio State. Chris Olave’s emergence continues! Haskins finds him in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown to extend the Buckeyes’ lead back to two possessions. Ohio State 31, Northwestern 21Trading punches throughout this game like two heavyweights.@OhioStateFB just landed one and leads the #B1GFCG 31-21. pic.twitter.com/IbMaLL50Ko— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 2, 201810:53 p.m.: Ohio State’s defense gets a huge stop off of the turnover. Chase Young’s sack on second down paves the way for the punt.10:51 p.m.: Another turnover! Mike Weber loses the ball and Northwestern recovers. Just three plays later, it has the ball back at its own 39.10:48 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, Ohio State. Thorson’s pass is low and hits off the helmet of an offensive line. Damon Arnette intercepts it and the Buckeyes take over at the Northwestern 34.10:43 p.m.: Another review, this time to look over what is called a reception by Binjamin Victor, but the replay shows the ball hitting the ground. The play is overturned, Ohio State will punt and give the Wildcats a chance to tie or take the lead.10:38 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Northwestern. One play after the review, Thorson dumps it off to a wide open Cameron Green who struts into the end zone for six points. Ohio State 24, Northwestern 21″Northwestern. MOJO RISING!” – Gus Johnson at the #B1GFCG.And just like that, @NUFBFamily cuts the lead to 3.Ohio State 24, Northwestern 21 pic.twitter.com/frEPQtyM7B— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 2, 201810:33 p.m.: What a turn of events! Northwestern completes a pass to the 3 before Ohio State strips the ball out of his hands and recovers the fumble. The play is reviewed, however, and it’s determined that wide receiver Charlie Fessler’s knee was down. The Wildcats keep possession.10:31 p.m.: Isaiah Bowser runs for 20 yards to the Ohio State 35 and the Wildcats already have six plays of 20-plus yards in the second half.10:26 p.m.: Northwestern will have a chance to build on its strong opening possesion of the half as it forces an Ohio State punt. 10:16 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Northwestern. A strong 5-play drive ends in Thorson running for 18 yards into the end zone and Northwestern with a quick answer to the Buckeyes. Ohio State 24, Northwestern 14Five plays, 75 yards. Clayton Thorson gives @NUFBFamily 7 points.It’s 24-14 at the #B1GFCG. pic.twitter.com/T5nZnG50hc— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 2, 201810:15 p.m.: Northwestern is coming out firing in the second half. Thorson connects with Kyric McGowan twice for 33 yards total and then finds Isaiah Bowser to bring them into the red zone.Halftime: Ohio State 24, Northwestern 79:47 p.m.: After forcing another punt, Ohio State will opt to run out the clock and head to the half up 17. 9:42 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Ohio State. On a third-and-20, Haskins uncorks the perfect throw to Terry McLaurin that leads him right into the end zone to push Ohio State’s lead to three possessions. What looked like an empty possession for the Buckeyes turns into a touchdown. Haskins is 18-of-22 for 249 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Ohio State 24, Northwestern 7It isn’t hyperbole to call this a perfect throw.pic.twitter.com/4j6VncL1ox— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 2, 20189:35 p.m.: Haskins uses his speed to move the chains on third down and get the ball to the Ohio State 48.9:32 p.m.: Ohio State’s defense is starting to really come into its own in this game as it gets another easy stop of the Wildcats. Their three-and-out gains just two yards.9:25 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Ohio State. Minor victory for the Wildcats, who hold Ohio State to a 42-yard field goal despite them starting with a short field. Ohio State 17, Northwestern 79:23 p.m.: Urban Meyers risks it on fourth-and-1 and Mike Weber easily picks up the first down and more on an 8-yard gain.9:18 p.m.: Fumble! Intimidating pass rusher Chase Young hits Thorson as he throws to force the fumble, which was originally ruled an incompletion before it was overturned by a review. Another second quarter turnover by the Ohio State defense.9:15 p.m.: After connecting twice with Bennett Skowronek, Thorson throws two incompletions that bring up a big third-and-10 and his own 39.9:11 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, Northwestern. A miscommunication with Haskins and his receiver results in an interception by Montre Hardage to give the Wildcats possession back.9:05 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, Ohio State. Thorson heaves it down the field and Shaun Wade gets the interception in single coverage in the end zone to halt a promising Northwestern drive. End of first quarter: Ohio State 14, Northwestern 78:55 p.m.: Ohio State’s defense gets a sack of Clayton Thorson on first down that set the Wildcats back enough and they weren’t ever able to cross the original line of scrimmage.8:51 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Ohio State. J.K. Dobbins squeezes into the end zone from two yards out. Three possessions, two touchdowns for the Buckeyes. Ohio State 14, Northwestern 7.@OhioStateFB wastin’ NO time to respond.J.K. Dobbins slips in for another tud 👏 pic.twitter.com/eKGSDt69pU— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 2, 20188:49 p.m.: Ohio State is threatening to score more points thanks to Haskins’ 50 yards on the drive.8:41 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Northwestern. Junior running back John Moten IV outruns the entire Buckeye defense and takes it 77 yards to the house to tie the game. Statement play from Northwestern. Ohio State 7, Northwestern 7There’s @NUFBFamily’s answer. And it’s one long answer.Tie game.#B1GFCG pic.twitter.com/ciYFI5L4IG— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 2, 20188:36 p.m.: Big stop for the Wildcats’ defense, which gets an assist with a 15-yard penalty on Ohio State. 8:30 p.m.: Two very different opening drives as Northwestern goes three-and-out. 8:24 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Ohio State. Haskins scrambles around to avoid defenders on third down and finds Terry McLaurin in the back of the end zone for an impressive touchdown to Buckeyes ahead early. Ohio State 7, Northwestern 0 Dwayne Haskins Jr. kept that play alive.@OhioStateFB 7, @NUFBFamily 0#B1GFCG pic.twitter.com/Pd2K0NzxVJ— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 2, 20188:21 p.m.: Dwayne Haskins is off to a hot start, completing his first three passes, all to Parris Campbell, for 41 yards. Buckeyes are at the Wildcats’ 26.8:16 p.m.: Northwestern wins the toss and chooses to defer. Ohio State will start with the ball. 6:57 p.m.: To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Northwestern strength coach Alex Spanos is wearing cutoff sleeves and is fired up for the game.BRING THAT JUICE @NUFBFamily pic.twitter.com/wA7pUryyRD— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 1, 2018