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Wilson Dining Hall to permanently close

August 14, 2020
<p>Wilson Hall photographed on June 26, 2019. </p>

Wilson Hall photographed on June 26, 2019.

Photo by Matt Zubik | The State News

Wilson Dining Hall in South Neighborhood at MSU has permanently closed, according to an update by MSU Culinary Services to fall dining locations.

Throughout the summer, Culinary Services has continued to assess the needs of the Spartan community, closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, the update said. As fall semester approaches, the impact of financial and budgetary restrictions as well as anticipated staffing levels, student attendance/needs and other effects of the pandemic were considered in their impact on on-campus dining operations.

"Looking across our entire dining system, we knew we had to make changes — not only with the current atmosphere, but just in general and looking at our ability to staff our locations" Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) Chief Communications Officer Kat Cooper said. "Being in South Neighborhood with two other excellent dining halls in the neighborhood, Wilson was the one already providing fairly limited service that we felt that we could close and still continue to deliver outstanding Spartan experience to students."

According to the update, though Wilson Dining Hall will not reopen in the future, students in South Neighborhood will continue to have access to Holden Dining Hall and South Pointe at Case as well as nearby Sparty’s locations. Case will serve as the late-night dining hall for South Neighborhood.

“While difficult decisions are necessary, we feel these changes are essential to ensure CS can focus on implementing health and safety measures, providing the high-quality service Spartans are accustomed to, and continuing to follow national, state, local and university guidance as we update plans,” the update said. 

Among other closures for the fall semester were nine Sparty’s locations and the Starbucks located at Broad Art Museum and Broad College of Business. Culinary Services will reevaluate these retail locations after the fall semester and determine if adjustments need to be made, according to the update. 

This article has been updated to include the quote from Cooper.

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