Subway contract ends, Wyllie seeks new restaurant

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Wyllie Market, located at the botton of Wyllie Hall, may change restaraunt in the near future


Wyllie Market, located in Wyllie Hall, has had a contract with Subway for years and is finally ending. A’viands, the company overseeing UW-Parkside’s food and catering, is looking to the campus community for input.

Shall Subway stay or should a new contract be signed with another company? Katrina Sturino, the A’viands Retail Manager in charge of Wyllie Market, explains that there are two major competitors.

Erbert and Gerbert’s

One of the competitors is Erbert and Gerbert’s. This company was first established in 1988 in Eau Claire, WI and now have 98 restaurant locations statewide.

Unlike Subway, Erbert and Gerbert’s has set sandwich options. While they may only offer a one-size sandwich, 8.5 inches, their sandwiches are larger than Subway’s.

Like Subway’s “eat fresh” mantra, Erbert and Gerbert’s slices their meats and vegetables on site. If Erbert and Gerbert’s is selected, pricing is expected to be a little higher.

Einstein Bagels

The third competitor is Einstein Bagels, aka Einstein Bros. The chain was founded in 1995 by the Boston Chicken corporation, but is now owned by Einstein and Noah Corp. Einstein Bagels is also located at Carthage College in Kenosha.

The company, like its competitors, offers options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has salad options and unique sweets. They provide bagel sandwiches, hot or cold. Einstein Bagels also has a variety of specialty creams and shmears.

Weighing the options

This choice is an enticing idea for many students. Sentiments about eating Subway day after day has grown sour across the campus.

Earlier this semester, Wyllie offered students and faculty to join in a restaurant tasting. As of now, the results of the surveys and comments are incomplete. No decision has yet been made.

Retail, staff unaffected

“Wyllie Market will still offer the retail items and the staff will stay the same as they are employed by A’viands, only the sandwich concept would change,” said Sturino. If the decision swings to changing the restaurant, Sturino added that there would be remodeling of Wyllie Market over the summer to accommodate for it. 

BSU celebrates Black History Month

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BSU members at the Student Involvement Fair in February


February has been dubbed as “Black History Month” with good reason. A look at the history and an interview with the Black Student Union at UW-Parkside gives insight to the celebration.

The history

Black History Month most notably finds its beginning in 1926, when leader of newly established Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) instituted a week honoring the accomplishment and cultural importance of African Americans.

Beginning with President Gerald R. Ford, Black History month has been nationally recognized in February every year since 1976. This week was chosen in February to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays.  Continuing with this tradition, numerous Americans have been remembered and honored during this month, such as our 44th president, Barack Obama, and countless more.  

Campus reverence

Cory Hoskins, Vice President of Black Student Union (BSU), was able to speak on the organization’s behalf about how Black History Month was celebrated here on campus. Members of BSU participated in many events over the month of February, including a meet-and-greet that invited the general student body and faculty to come meet members of BSU and obtain more information on the organization.

The organization also held study groups, game nights, karaoke and a movie night related to Black History Month. These social gatherings and study sessions are a part of the way that BSU hopes to get students involved and learn more about Black History Month and the culture surrounding it. BSU hopes to hear from student body members and faculty alike to provide them with ways to continue to positively impact campus and the community.  

Get involved

On a weekly basis, BSU meets at 12p.m. every Wednesday in the Walnut Room of the Student Center. They use this time to cover ideas for events that will be held throughout the semester. BSU encourages people interested in the organization to come to a meeting and see what they have to offer.

Black History Year

Some of the most important and influential people of our time and history should be remembered not only in February, but throughout the year. This idea is reiterated through BSU and their community events here on campus that showcase the culture.

A’viands takes over the Brickstone


It’s the start of a new school year, and many students and faculty have already noticed the changes being made in the cafeteria and other on-campus markets. This is because every seven years, the food service company’s contract expires and is open for bids from any interested companies. A’viands, the new food service company, had a more agreeable offer for the university, so they have replaced Sodexo.

Change in the Company

Katrina Sturino, a staff member who has recently been promoted to management, now oversees the various food sites. Sturino states that the biggest changes since the transition can be seen in the new vendors, a new executive chef, and the hiring of an on-site dietician.

A’viands has a new vendor which supplies them with their products. Sturino explains that some of the products they sold last year are no longer available through their new vendor. With this vendor, there are minimal price changes. Due to what A’viands is paying for their products, there are slight price increase or decreases on the food; however, overall the scales even out.

Jeff Willis, the new executive chef, is adjusting to his new position. Willis stated:

“Menu structuring is completely different from your fine dining atmosphere. Think of it like a whole new menu everyday. The sheer amount of stuff we go through at this particular location is about 1,100 pounds of produce a day.”

Before coming to UW-Parkside, Willis worked in fine dining for 15 years before moving to corporate, high-volume family dining. His last job was at Buca di Beppo located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Fresh ideas

With Willis’ new position, he also has some new ideas to bring to our dinner tables. One of his ideas is the chilaca bar, which gets its name from the black chilaca pepper. The bar is essentially a make-your-own burrito bar, akin to well-loved restaurant Chipotle. The chilaca bar will include various ingredients to make your own burritos and tacos.

Another fresh idea Willis has is a hot dog bar, allowing students to create variations of the All-American food such as chili cheese or Chicago style dogs.

However don’t fear, residents of Parkside, Cafe Creations is here to stay! Though you may be seeing some new options on the cafeteria floor, your favorite food options aren’t going anywhere.

Customer satisfaction is A’viands prime concern. To make that happen, their aim is to keep the food options interesting and fresh.

Fresh products

Willis says that they are moving towards all-fresh produce and meats. That isn’t all A’viands is doing to cater to their customers.

With the hiring of a campus dietician, they will make sure that there will be a meal option for people with special diets for lunch and dinner everyday. A’viands has begun offering gluten-free bread for those with gluten allergies. At multiple stations, there will also be vegetarian options.

The beginning of the school year may have been confusing for some students in regards to the cafeteria with the new soda machines and other alterations, but don’t be discouraged. With the hiring of a campus dietician and the unique ideas from the new executive chef, your cafe experience is sure to be tasteful.

Campus Events: Feb. 11-25

February 11;

Interview Skills and Elevator Pitch. 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Pike River Suites: Hickory Room

-Do you have your elevator speech ready to go and finalized? Come learn how to become more prepared when going into interviews, how to follow up and how to score a job by having an elevator speech that stands out.


February 13;

Spring Leadership Retreat. 12:00-4:00 p.m.

-Check in begins at noon in the University Ballroom.

-Topics covered range from discovering your passion and achievement habits.


February 15;

Ranger Wellness: Kickoff! 11:30-1:00 p.m. Location: The Bridge.

-Come see what great events we have for Ranger Wellness 2016

Spirit Day: 3v3 Basketball Tournament. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Location: The SAC Fieldhouse.

Get 2 or 3 friends together and sign up as a team or sign up individually and placed on a team!

-Double elimination bracket- 1st and 2nd places prizes!

Ranger Wellness: Bubble Soccer. 7:30-9:30. Location: The SAC Fieldhouse

-Come have a #RealAmazing time with us, and play some #RealAmazing Bubble Soccer!


February 16;

Juicing. 11:30-1:30 p.m. Location: The Bridge.

Stop by the Bridge and sample juices from the juicing demo.

Career Cafe. 2:00-3:00 p.m. Student Center – Walnut Room.

– Do you get really nervous before you go to an interview? We can help you be more prepared for your interviews! Come join us at the Career Cafe where you can participate in a mock interview & speed networking!

Ranger Wellness: Spinning Session. 6:00-7:00 p.m. Location: The SAC Fieldhouse

– Come join our (free!) spinning sessions! They are done in a fitness studio, with various light and music settings to create an energized atmosphere!

Den Night: Coloring Books for Adults. 6:30-8:30. Location: The Den.

– Come join us in the Den for a night of coloring!

February 17

Career Cafe. 12:00-1:00 p.m. Location: Student Center – Walnut Room.

Marketing Your Leadership. 12:00-1:00 p.m. Location: Student Center – Oak Room.

– Learn about the skills you have developing in the Leadership Program, and how to market leadership on your resume and to potential employers.

February 18

Discover Your Passion. 10:00-11:00 a.m. Location: Student Center – Poplar Room.

– Leaders pursue their passions to feel fulfilled personally and lead purposefully. Learn how you can discover your passion as a leader and explore where that passion can take you. Required for Tier 1.

Safety Education Class. 12-1:00 p.m. Location: Student Center – Poplar Room.

– Taught by UW-Parkside Police Officer Craig Rafferty. Come and learn about property crimes and identity theft. This course counts towards your Rock Solid Leadership Certificate and counts towards Criminal Justice. Association membership.

Note Taking & Study Habits. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Location: Student Center – Hickory Room.

– Come find out tips on different ways to take notes & different study habits that may help you succeed academically!

Spirit Day. 5:30-10:00 p.m. Location: DeSimone Gym in the SAC

– Come support the basketball teams and show your spirit by wearing Parkside gear all day! Women’s game at 5:30, Men’s game at 7:30.

Self Defense. 6:00-7:00 p.m. Location: Tallent Hall

– Learn how to protect yourself by attending the self defense course.

February 19

Community Service Officer Meeting/Lunch. 12:00-1:00 p.m. Location: Student Center – Hickory Room.

– Meeting and lunch for all community service officers.

Ranger Wellness: Piloxing. 12:00-12:45 p.m. Location: SAC Dance Studio.


CJA-Feed My Starving Children Volunteer. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Location: FMSC – Libertyville, IL.

The Criminal Justice Association will be taking a trip to Libertyville, IL. To volunteer for Feed My Starving Children.


February 20;

Ranger Saturday 9:00-12:00 p.m. Location: UW-Parkside.

Take an introductory look at Parkside with a group information session about academics, student life, campus activities, and much more. You’ll have an opportunity to tour the campus, talk to an admissions counselor, and meet our students. 

February 23;

Safe Zone 101 Training. 9:30-12:00 p.m. Location: TBD

This month 101 & 201 Safe Zone trainings are being offered by the LGBTQ Center.

Chiropractic Screening. 12:00-1:30 p.m. Location: The Bridge.

– Stop by the Bridge to receive a chiropractic screening.

Challenge the Process. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Location: Student Center – Poplar Room

– Learn how you can improve the status quo and enable change.

Ranger Wellness: Spinning Session. 6:00-7:00 p.m. Location: SAC Fieldhouse.

February 24;

2016 Career Fair. 11:00-2:00 p.m. Location: Student Center Ballroom.

Students can explore professional opportunities when regional and national employers and community partners visit campus to engage with Parkside talent.

Financial Fitness. 12:00-1:00 p.m. Location: Molinaro 109.

Learn healthy spending and saving tips to stay on track this year.

February 25;

UW-Parkside Blood Drive. 9:00-3:00 p.m. Location: Student Center Ballroom.

– Donate blood and have an impact on the lives of many.