February 22

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

Fine Dining: The McKinley Restaurant Night

By: Kayla Johnson

I think we can all agree we need to take little breaks from the stresses of life and — for me — a meal swipe for access to the McKinley Restaurant Night was the perfect way to do that.  USPB hosted the amazing Restaurant Night in the McKinley Ballroom in the DeNaples Center last Tuesday. The event was catered by Royal Catering.  Students at the University enjoyed a delicious three-course meal and live entertainment, all without leaving the comfort of campus.

The menu was impressive and the live music was too. Tim Dodds and Nick Cassidy made for some wonderful entertainment as the ballroom was filled with their renditions of famous songs. As plates of mouth-watering food came to the table (my personal favorite was prime rib of beef au jus and warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream), I couldn’t help but feel as if I were at a five-star restaurant with incredible friends and melodic music. No matter what students’ tastes were, the menu pleased. There was seafood stuffed pasta, European style chicken of florentine, herb crusted pork tenderloin or spring vegetable risotto, and that is just for the entrée course. The desserts included chocolate lava cake, cheesecake or apple pie.

Restaurant Night was a great success, and for good reason. The University of Scranton is well known for having one of the best on-campus food services in the nation (we’re #18, according to Business Insider, thanks to the remarkable Fresh Food Company, and only one of two Pennsylvania colleges on the list of the nation’s best). And, because of events like Restaurant Night, it’s not hard to see why the University has ranked so well over the years.

Want to learn more USPB events? Check out their page, here.

Check out the Snap story, here.

Welcome to the Sophomore Residence Halls

By: Robert Bauer

The transition from a first-year student to sophomore comes with several big changes. One of these big changes is moving into a new residence hall. Sophomores live on the upper-quad of campus, and they have several options from which to choose! The halls are Gavigan, Redington, Condron and the Linden apartments.

Here at Royal News, we contacted several Resident Assistants from these halls and asked them why rising sophomores should be excited to live in any of THEIR hall!

gianna-gaviganHi, my name is Gianna Bova. I am a junior occupational therapy major with a minor in psychology and a concentration in human development. This is my second year as a Resident Assistant at The University of Scranton and I am currently a RA in Gavigan Hall for sophomore students. Here are the top five reasons why I think residents should be excited to live in Gavigan Hall next year:

1. Residents have a personal bathroom to share with their quad mates and a sink in their bedrooms made with quality marble counter top!

2. Residents get the most friendly maintenance workers to come by and clean their room!

3. Residents get to experience a new kind of community by utilizing Gavigan’s many study rooms such as the Montrone Study Hall on fourth floor and the study rooms at the end and middle of each floor.

4. Residents get to utilize our main lounge with a full kitchen, pool table and flat screen TV area on the lower level floor of the building.

5. Residents get to experience a home-y feel in a Sophomore building that does not get too much traffic or commotion.


My name is Samantha Kintzly. I am an occupational therapy graduate student with a counseling minor, and I’m a third year Resident Assistant. Currently, I’m the RA for the Linden Apartments. Here are my top reasons for why residents should be excited to live in the Linden apartments:

1. Residents should be excited to live in the Linden apartments because they recently had beautiful, hardwood floors put in that make the apartments look more modern.

2. Many of the apartments have been renovated over the summer with air conditioning in the living room areas, new cabinets in the kitchens, and newly painted walls.

3. It’s nice that you have the option to live with only one or two other people in the Linden apartments. That way you don’t have to worry about finding a ton of potential apartment mates and you don’t have to share the bathroom or living space with five other people like some of the other housing options on campus.

4. The biggest selling point of the Linden apartments, for me, is that you get the opportunity to live on campus; yet, feel like you’re living off campus with your friends. You feel more independent and at home in the Linden apartments.

rob-condronHi, my name is Rob Bauer. I’m a strategic communication major with a concentration in public relations, and I have a business minor. Along with contributing to Campus Corner and working in the Marketing Communications Department on campus, I am also an RA in Condron for Sophomore students. Here are my top reasons for why residents should be excited to live in Condron next year:

1. Condron is very big. It has seven floors, with six of them housing residents, and each floor is very spacious. Residents will never feel crowded.

2. The common areas are wonderful. Two floors contain a full kitchen that residents can use at anytime. The other floors have a spacious common lounge with comfortable seats and a TV. At the end of the halls are chairs with windows showcasing beautiful views of campus and Scranton. Each floor that residents live on also comes with a study room!

3. The dorm rooms are well-sized and have a lot of breathing room. Roommates in Condron have plenty of room for their belongings, and they can create their own “home-like” layout. The rooms are styled as a quad, and each quad has a nice common bathroom. It has a nice hotel-like feeling to it, and residents will never feel cramped in their room.

4. The biggest perk for Condron, in my opinion, is its wonderful outside area. Residents have immediate access to an open area with grass, tables and a volleyball court! When the weather is warm, everyone gathers outside to chat, study or have some fun on the green or on the court. It’s a wonderful feeling to experience this scene with friends and other residents.

jordan-redingtonI’m Jordan King and I am senior nursing major from Olyphant. It is my hope to be a pediatric or critical care nurse at a large city hospital. However, for the time being, I serve as a third year Resident Assistant that lives on fourth floor Redington. These are my top reasons that residents should be excited to live in Redington next year:

1. Having Collegiate Hall – it’s amazing to have a large, quiet place to study with groups in the same building.

2. There are several lounges and study spaces besides collegiate. This makes it easy to get out of your room to study without having to walk to the library or somewhere else.

3. Some of the floors are smaller than in Condron and Gavigan, which means you still get to make new connections and friends at the sophomore level.

4. Closest to street parking and regular parking if you have a car!