Shafer to offer free food for 10th anniversary

Michael Pasco
Managing Editor

Shafer Court officially opened September 2004, offering students a wider variety of food options. Photo by Anna Shcherbakova.

VCU Dining Services will be hosting a carnival on Sept. 17, offering a wide variety of activities for students to celebrate Shafer Dining Court’s tenth anniversary.

The carnival will be an all-day event starting at 10 a.m. and will go into the evening. 

“We want to create a fun day to celebrate dining,” said Kristan Cole, Marketing Manager for VCU Dining Services. “It’s an integral part of campus.”

Most activities will take place in the first floor of Shafer Dining Court and the front lawn. A DJ will also be in attendance to provide entertainment. 

Confirmed on-campus groups and departments in attendance include Student Government Association, VCU PD, VCU Athletics and Ramtech with a table in tow. Each will host giveaways and have prizes for games.

Pepsi will also be giving away samples at their own table.

Students will have to swipe in to attend any activities on Shafer Dining Court’s second floor. The activities include uppercut samplings in Shafer, commemorative cups with popcorn, cupcake decorating stations and pie-eating contests. 

Shafer Dining Court, built in 2004 for $18 million, was designed by Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas and Company in Norfolk.

In 2009, Shafer was named a Dining Hall of Distinction by University Business Magazine in the Public Institution category. A total of 65 universities in the US submitted applications for the award.

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