12 Campus Amenities Newly Opened or Offered for Spring Term
April 05, 2021
Please visit the ‘Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus’ website for the latest public health advisories.
Though pandemic safety measures including masking, maintaining social distance, handwashing and regular testing remain in full effect and are as crucial as ever this term, there are also newly opened amenities and opportunities for Dragons popping up all over campus as fast as the spring flora.
If you’re living or working on or near campus this term, mask up and check out some of these new offerings of what to eat, see, do and experience in your free time.
1. In an effort to make outdoor spaces as welcoming as possible to those returning to campus, Drexel Facilities has been working with Drexel Business Services to furnish comfortable, well-lit outdoor spaces throughout the University City Campus for students, faculty and professional staff to use. There are over 50 Adirondack chairs spread around campus to use and an additional 100-plus bistro-style tables and chairs set up to create opportunities for Dragons to catch up on lectures or emails while enjoying the warmer weather. All tables are intended to be single occupancy with only one chair provided for each table; they are continually monitored by Drexel Facilities and are reset and wiped down as needed.
Lighting has also been added to several spaces to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere on Drexel’s increasingly busy nighttime campus. Areas include Rush Courtyard, the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Myers Hall and Northside Dining Terrace, and the Creese/MacAlister Courtyard. The style of lights chosen use approximately 9% of the energy required for a traditional incandescent bulb, so not only do these areas light up at night, but they do so with sustainability in mind. These spaces will be open year-round and can be scheduled according to the time of year to maximize their impact. These offerings may expand to more of campus as the term progresses.
2. In addition to expanded hours and available time slots to reserve your work out, Recreational Athletics has also brought the University’s famous climbing wall in the Rec Center as of April 5! Time to get your slab, bouldering or lead climbing on (safely).
Spring hours of operation at the Rec Center are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Sign up for a 90-minute time slot here.
3. If aquatic exercise is more your speed, good news! The Daskalakis Athletic Center Pool will also be reopened this term on April 19.
4. And finally, Dragons have undoubtedly been missing group recreation over the last year. Though it is important to keep safety top-of-mind this term, some single- and double-team intramural sport offerings are available for spring. This includes baggo, KanJam, tennis and volleyball. Seasons are already under way, but you can sign up here to be a part of the fun at any point throughout the term.
Eating on Campus:
5. Get your meal swipes ready! Street Fare at Urban Eatery has reopened for dinner during spring term, Monday through Friday (4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). During this time, the station will feature nightly dinner specials each day.
6. To address your caffeine fix in between classes or lectures, the Saxbys located in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building is now open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
7. Don’t worry, your brunch fix is now covered on campus as well. The Sabrina’s Café University City location in Ross Commons opened during winter term and is offering both indoor dining and take-out options. Sabrina’s is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Academic and Cultural:
8. As of April 2, the University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery has reopened with a new exhibition, fittingly called Breathing Room, and presented in collaboration with the local gallery Twelve Gates Arts. Check it out through May 28 during museum hours of operation, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Learn more about the exhibition here.
9. After a bit of spring cleaning over the break, the Department of Food and Hospitality Management in the College of Nursing and Health Professions welcomes students back to the Academic Bistro for in-person Hospitality Management courses. This is in addition to in-person Culinary and Food Science labs with remote synchronous sections that have already been running since winter term, and with great success.
Though the Bistro is not yet open to the public like it has been in years past, the 6th floor of the Academic Building will hopefully be bustling with Dragons once again soon!
Additionally, the department’s popular Kitchen Garden classes will once again meet in person in the Summer Winter Community Garden starting this term. Open to students from any major, instructor Charles Ziccardi, or "Chef Z," an assistant clinical professor of culinary arts and food science, has some exciting plans in place and said he is “looking forward to getting students back in the garden for some emotionally beneficial social distant gardening.” For spring, the class will plant heirloom vegetables with rich history and cultural significance, including varieties cultivated by indigenous American peoples and a type of pepper prized by local African Americans for over a century.
10. There are some new eateries, as well as old favorites, newly opened near campus this term. Boba King, located at 32nd and Chestnut streets, celebrated its grand opening on April 1. Try this new premium bubble tea shop, which replaced the previous Joe Coffee location.
11. The Board and Brew, which replaced CoZara at 3200 Chestnut St., has also opened its doors as of last month. Stop by for a meal, a drink or a game from an astounding list of offerings.
12. Blaze Pizza, located at 3400 Lancaster Ave., is back open for business and ready to serve you with doughy, cheesy goodness!