Students only get one combo-exchange a day, so pardon us for being a little picky. We took a poll, and the votes are in and MSU students’ least favorite and most favorite Sparty’s locations on campus are…
Top 3 Least Favorite Sparty’s
#3. Communication Arts and Sciences Building
This location has earned its spot at #3 because students believe that it simply isn’t well stocked or an appropriate size considering the amount of traffic the Communication Arts and Sciences building receives. Coffee, bagels and other standard Sparty’s items are available at this location, but many complain that more should be readily available. As the nearest Sparty’s to students in the CAS College, the School of Packaging and those attending class in the Natural Resources building, customers do not appreciate its lack of variety and accessibility.
#2. Shaw Ramp (CATA Station)
Students describe the Shaw Ramp Sparty’s as a little bit… let’s say, unpredictable. Some claim to be unaware that it even exists at all! While its location sounds convenient, it may not seem as so when you miss the bus after waiting in line at the one-manned cash register to purchase that Sunbelt Bakery granola bar and apple juice.
Some students are also turned off by the general appearance of the CATA Station’s interior.
“The CATA (station) is already gross, so it makes the Sparty’s look gross,” said human biology sophomore Talia Winston. “It’s off-putting.”
#1. Wonders Hall
The smallest and (almost unanimously) least-loved Sparty’s on campus is Wonders Hall. As the only residence hall in South Neighborhood lacking its own cafeteria, this location fails to offer substantial options to residents and those who visit throughout the day. With little to offer aside from the ordinarily stocked items like cereal, pop-tarts, and sandwiches, students feel that it’s safe to say the selection does not make up for its size.
“They don’t really have anything,” said Wonders Hall resident Kelsey Bouteiller. “(It’s) pretty basic.”
Top 3 Most Favorite Sparty’s
#3. Riverwalk Market at Owen Hall
For students with classes at the Eli Broad College of Business, Riverwalk Market at Owen Hall is the closest Sparty’s nearby and the perfect choice when Starbucks just isn’t enough. This location provides a variety of combo-exchange possibilities to students with a menu that changes daily, offering dishes like fajitas and more.
“It’s big and you can come in and sit down. You can order Chinese food for your combo,” said human biology junior Chika Unaegbu. “It tastes better than the cafeteria.”
The Garden Wok Express station is a feature specific to this location. Students can find orange chicken and General Tso’s chicken at this station to substitute for an average combo-exchange item.
#2. Brody Hall
At #2, this Sparty’s has influenced many Michigan State University students to appreciate their combo-exchanges. In addition to its restaurant-style setup, this location is equipped to serve chicken wings, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, french-fries and mozzarella sticks.
Second-year Sparty’s employee Marlori Allen called it “real food.” That’s what helps the Brody Hall Sparty’s stand out among the rest.
#1. Hubbard Hall
At the top of the list is Hubbard Hall’s Sparty’s Café. This location, similar to Brody Hall, has the ability to provide cheeseburgers, chicken wings and other hot food making it a place where many enjoy getting their combo-exchange. The most popular option is the famed chicken tenders. Its large seating area with comfortable booths and televisions also makes this Sparty’s a suitable spot for students to snack and study.
So, are you spending your combo-exchange in the right place?