By Katie Zeck

With the many improvements that took place on campus over the summer, there’s much to look forward to at Rider.

The proposal that Rider was to lease the land behind the softball fields to PSE&G to install solar panels is no longer tentative but definite. The 740kwh system is currently being constructed on the 3.2 acre field and Sustainability Coordination Manager Melissa Greenberg says they’ll be finished “on or around November 11, 2011.”

Olson Hall received a facelift during the summer months with improvements including new carpeting throughout the building, freshly painted walls in all the dorm rooms and brand new doors installed in several of the halls.

“Facilities has been so helpful in getting things done as soon as possible despite the storm,” said Olson RA Anne Marie Swayze. “I am very happy with the renovations that were made.”

The Pub was refurbished by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Spending Committee with new furnishings, new sink and plumbing, a new dance floor and a new bar and cabinetry, according to Director of Campus Life, Dave Keenan. “These improvements will make the Pub a more aesthetically pleasing place for student groups and university departments to do programming,” he said.

In place of the noticeably absent Java City, Aramark will be installing a Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) Express. This new facility will provide faster food service for on-the-go students.

“It will definitely be a positive addition for students,” said junior TV/Radio major John Duke. “It will be especially helpful to those who need a quick bite between classes but can’t get to lunch.”

Public Safety was recently relocated to the West House that is adjacent to the south entrance of campus. According to Head of Public Safety Vickie Weaver, the move will be “more functional, expanded, updated and in a more prominent location on campus, all of which are positives for the university.”

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