I think we can all agree that there is nothing quite like a home cooked meal. As your home for the next four years, SJU Dining Services aims to provide a wide array of options for a variety of tastes. A typical freshman meal plan has three components: swipes, declining balance and Hawk Cash. Even though most upperclassman housing options have kitchens, upperclassmen can still choose from flexible plans that suit their dining needs.
Swipes are used to access Campion Dining Hall, which offers three hot meals per day during the week as well as an assortment of snacks and other items during off-hours. Open from 7:15AM until 8PM on weekdays, Campion is where you’ll eat nearly all of your meals and a central place to meet and mingle with your classmates! Students can enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining, with options available from several different stations: two hot entree bars, a sandwich area, pizza station, fruit baskets, pasta bar, salad bar, dessert bar and an ice cream freezer.
Declining balance, or “DB”, is essentially a debit card for locations including Subway, Grille Works, Cosi, Starbucks and the P.O.D. markets around campus. Hawk Cash is a separate debit account, which is accepted at places like the SJU Bookstore, Landmark Americana, Larry’s Steaks, and even CVS and Acme, as well as some off-campus restaurants like Jimmy John’s, Panera Bread, and Elevation Burger, to name a few. Some even deliver and often give discounts if use Hawk Cash.
Many upperclassmen will tell you that the highlight of Campion food is weekend brunch, served from 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. During this time, Campion offers custom omelets, a yogurt bar with fruit and granola, an assortment of pastries and breads, along with other mainstays at any college dining hall: an array of breakfast cereals, a coffee and tea bar, and, of course- pizza.
Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Gluten-free? Allergic to certain ingredients? Not to worry because Campion can accommodate a variety of dietary needs, while committing to increasing healthy and sustainable offerings. Campion offers a gluten-free cabinet and refrigerator with an assortment of breads, snacks, pastas, sandwiches and cookies. Every lunch and dinner includes a vegetarian entree option. The dining hall staff can also prepare hot items by request on separate appliances to avoid cross-contamination. Here’s another tip: take advantage of the carry-out containers to keep healthy snacks like fresh veggies with dressing in your dorm mini-fridge. If you’re counting calories, the nutrition facts for all of the foods served in Campion are posted on the CampusDish app. You can download CampusDish to your phone to get comprehensive menu and dietary information right at your fingertips!
Fiona Tomlin is a sophomore, Political Science major with a minor in Communication Studies from San Diego, California. She is involved with various service programs from the Appalachain Experience to weekly service to serving as the Director of Communications for Hawks for Heroes. She also works part-time for SJU’s Office of Developement. A self-described news junkie, Fiona likes to explore Philadelphia, cooking and yoga. When she is not complaining about the cold weather in Philadelphia, Fiona loves to enjoy the beautiful four seasons of the East Coast.