by NICK BUCHANAN
Dr. Vallo’s independent guided study met twice a week in the concrete dungeon of a classroom in the library basement during the fall of 2015. Her challenge for me and my two peers was to accomplish something never before done at Tiffin University: a successful online student press platform that could reach beyond the campus we serve.
We nabbed the domain name to correspond with the name of the school’s second-generation student press – tutimes.weebly.com, a URL that still redirects users to this publication’s homepage – and quietly got to work. When Dr. Vallo pulled library archives of the student press at Tiffin University to chronicle our journey, she handed us a pile of copies of The Tystenac, a strange-named publication with a big, blocky masthead that launched in 1933 and faded into oblivion before the turn of the century.
by NICK BUCHANAN
An unusually warm February breeze brushed through Sabaidee Coffee House’s tall French doors as they stood propped open, inviting more customers to join the lone college-aged men fuddling with a few textbooks and a laptop computer at a table. Eyeing their empty plates, Delana Ball bent in her seat towards them.
“How was everything, guys?” she asked. They nodded in agreeance, saying, “The steak and cheese crepe – it was great.”
With her promises of quality validated, she turned back and said, “See, people love it.”
Ball, one of two independent coffee house entrepreneurs in Tiffin, purchased and rebranded the former Java House at 45 South Sandusky St. a few years ago, reopening it in 2014 as Sabaidee Coffee House. She has spent the past three years positioning her business with a homey environment and creative menu offerings, like those ever-popular crepes and a blended coffee drink coined the Carmella.
Opened just a few years prior to Ball’s business, Bailiwicks Coffee Company is nestled in the downtown district in a nondescript brick building across the Sandusky River from Tiffin University’s campus and has earned its owner, Jessica Williams, awards from the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation and Heidelberg University.
by BRANDON UTLEY
If you have ever sat through a meal that consisted of nothing but a glass of water, you might have been to Tiffin University’s Cole Dining Hall, commonly known as “the caf.” As a picky eater I have experienced the tragic feeling of walking into the caf and not being able to find something I like on numerous occasions.
But to the caf’s defense, its food is not the worst I’ve eaten. There are even days, albeit rare, that the food tastes better than most restaurants.
“It has its good days and bad days. But honestly, more bad than good,” said Becca Smith, a sophomore at TU.
It’s crazy to think the food is not actually as bad as you think, right? Well, that’s partially true.