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Spaceship-style university cafeteria reopens after overhaul

February 10, 2019

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 But university officials say it had gotten outdated.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.

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