Spaceship-style university cafeteria reopens after overhaul

Published 02-10-2019

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CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) - Delta State University students are once again eating in their flying saucer.

The university has marked the reopening of the Young-Mauldin Cafeteria after a $9.2 million renovation.

The 1964 building is a landmark on the Cleveland campus, with its rounded exterior and silver-domed roof. But university officials say it had gotten outdated.

The university started a renovation in 2017, with students eating in temporary quarters in a student union ballroom.

The renovation includes a food-court style serving area, new kitchen equipment and a reworked layout to increase natural light in the building. The project also added a meeting room and a private dining room.

Delta State President Bill LaForge says the university hopes new eating options will attract students.

The work was paid for with money borrowed by lawmakers.

The work was paid for with money borrowed by lawmakers.

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