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Meal discounts offered for non-traditional, commuter students

Knoxville — In the busyness of the day, sometimes dinner preparations get put on the back burner. Pioneer Dining Services is introducing new specials and advertising old ones to make non-traditional and commuter students’ lives easier.

Every Tuesdays in the River Grill, all meals are $4 for non-traditional and commuter students. Every Thursdays, dinner costs $5 for adults and $2.50 for their children in the Gally.

The special in the Gally has been running for years, but the new discount in the River Grill will hopefully attract more students.

“It will benefit [non-traditional students] because they will have an even more affordable option for lunch or dinners on campus that fit into their class schedule,” Jordan Durant, director of Pioneer Food Services said.

He said only a handful of non-traditional and commuter students take advantage of the discount in the Gally.

On Thursdays, the Gally has a variety of rotating dinner options, including fried chicken, spaghetti, and usual options like pizza and subs.

The River Grill has more specialized options like quesadillas, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and salads.

Jan. 22 was the first day of the special at the River Grill and Durant said the response was positive.

“We doubled our sales [in the River Grill] from last week,” Durant said.

In addition to the meal discounts for some students, Durant said his crew is preparing for a new cookie delivery service.

“It will be open to all campus residents alike, nontraditionals, and faculty and staff,” he said. “The start date will be next Wednesday.”

He said more details about this upcoming service will be released to the campus body soon.