As we all know, navigating Vanguard’s cafeteria can be difficult. It gets extremely crowded during designated meal hours, all of the tables get taken, and you find yourself not knowing what to do.
Some students resort to making Top Ramen in their rooms, others go off campus to get food, and I have even seen a number of students skip meals in general.
Yet, changes are being made and the Caf will no longer be the only building on campus where students can get their meals.
Back in 2019, before the Waugh Student Center opened, Vanguard University used to have Samson’s Cafe. Samson’s was the main coffee shop on campus located at the west wing of the Scott Academic Center.
This coffee shop not only allowed students to grab their daily coffee and pastries but was also home to a plethora of snacks and all of the grab-and-go options for lunch. They had three different boxed salads every day as well as different sandwich and wrap options that continually rotated.
Samson’s was convenient and easy for students. Students could grab something really quick in between classes or when they were in a rush. It also helped prevent overcrowding in the old Caf.
Luckily, Samson’s will be reopening once again. The dates are currently tentative but they will begin with a soft launch. This is to test the systems and promote Samson’s to students. Eventually, they will have a grand opening.
Jessica VanWinkle, Student Development and Success Coordinator as well as Vanguard University alumni explained,
“I am so excited to see this space on campus come back to life. During my time as a student, it was a place where students would gather and hang out and be able to get different and quicker food options. Anxious to see how this will bring life back to this part of campus and offer another place to get food and improve the campus experience.”
This time Samson’s will not be selling coffee since our student center is home to Dr. Bens’s coffee shop, but they will be selling plenty of snacks as well as to-go lunch options that you can currently find at the Caf.
The hope is that the reopening of Samson’s will increase comfortability and accessibility for students.
Check out this previous article on Samson’s Cafe:
“Samson’s offers fresh taste to Vanguard” by Sheridan Smith