August 29, 2012 7:35 PM
"It's good. We were happy they had a vegetarian selection," Jessie Axsom, a first-year student from Blacksburg, VA, said, speaking for a group of students with whom she had become fast friends thanks to Isaac.
"I never thought I would say I would miss eating at Bruff but after the last few days this is great," Krishna Pandya, a first-year student from Westchester, NY, said to laughs and nods of assent.
"Nothing beats the ambience of Bruff," joked Tulane senior Stefan Brozovich.
Maybe, but this was not leisure dining. Students were escorted in groups of 400 to 500 and given 30 minutes to grab a plate of grilled chicken breast or a veggie patty; mashed potatoes and gravy; and a choice of pecan, lemon meringue or apple pie. Judging from Brozovich’s plate, which was all but licked clean, 30 minutes gave him plenty of time to spare.
"It's going remarkably well," said Rob Hailey, senior associate vice president of university services, who helped coordinate the event. "The RAs are the key to this. They bring them in, clean the tables, stack the cups and get ready for a new group."
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