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New Mexico State University offers new food service places, computer labs

Students beginning the fall semester at New Mexico State University's main campus are being welcomed by new food service places and three new computer labs.

g with the first day of classes, Aug. 18, the Student Club in the Corbett Center Student Union is offering a variety of new food such as buffalo wings, poppers, potato skins, pizza and complimentary popcorn. The club, which will be decorated with Aggie paraphernalia, will offer different entertainment every night and be open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. It will soon be given a new name by student vote.

Opening later this fall will be Pete's Place, a cyber café located next to the Conroy Computer Cluster and the Game Room, on the second floor of Corbett Center. The café will be open seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Students will be able to buy pizza, nachos, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, bottled beverages, lattes, mochas and cappuccinos.

"It's pretty much all part of the Corbett Center revitalization plan," said Erin McSherry, president of the Associated Students of NMSU, the student government. "There's just not a lot of services being offered during times when students really need them. I think a lot of students would like to see more life at Corbett Center."

The goal "is to give students a place to cluster after classes, and offer places for them to gather with their friends, to study or socialize and to get some food," said Jennifer Taylor, assistance vice president for business and finance.

There will also be a new computer lab in the Vista del Monte/Family Housing Complex office area, and two lobby labs in the Garcia and WRC residence halls. The labs, which are open to any student, were created to offer students more accessibility to computers.

"For modest rental fees, students can also rent a computer to put in their room in their on-campus housing facility. Down the road, we would like to offer a computer in each room, in select facilities, as part of the package," Taylor said.

Also beginning this year, students will be able to participate in the newly chartered student organization Crimson Crew -- a group who will promote pride and spirit on campus -- and be part of a new program in student housing.

"What we are trying to do for incoming freshmen is to provide them with all the services they need such as a computer lab, academic advising, tutoring and classrooms at the residence halls," said Jennifer Hiatt, director of housing and residence life. "We hope this will help matriculate and retain students at the university so that the freshman dropout rate decreases."

Once freshmen become sophomores, they will have the opportunity to be part of a cluster either by major or interest. This fall, a group of students interested in ROTC will be living together at Alumni Avenue.

"We're very excited about the possibility of being able to help all students succeed at NMSU," Hiatt said.

For the future, officials hope to make the transition to college a lot easier and more enjoyable for students by making it easier to get started in the beginning of the semester and by providing more convenient and varied food service options.