Gourmet Food Trucks Making Their Way to Campus

October 16, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

BEYOND THE BUBBLE

By Alexandra Sisto
asisto@smu.edu

With the encouragement from customers at their staple spots in Downtown, Uptown, the Dallas Arts District, and surrounding suburbs, the mobile food vendors are reaching out to the SMU campus.

“We have parked on Hillcrest, and have had a positive response, our next move is to park on campus in hopes of serving students late-night food,” says Robin Skinner, marketing director of Ruthie’s Rolling Café.

Ruthie’s Rolling Café specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and is hoping to soon park directly on campus. The truck has put itself on student radar with customizable “ooey-gooey” creations that sell for under $10.

Ruthie’s has been serving students on the weekends when they roll into the parking lots of popular student bars, like Barley House and Twisted Root.

Skinner and her team are in negotiation with SMU administrators in hopes of obtaining permission to serve food directly on SMU property.

Food truck entrepreneurs and owners have been taking advantage of social media through Twitter and Facebook to connect with the SMU community. And many SMU students say they want food trucks near or on campus.

“Having the convenience of food trucks serving good and affordable food within walking distance from my apartment would make living next to campus that much better,” Garrett Ancey, an SMU junior, said.

Students leaving campus to get food late at night has always been a safety issue and Skinner believes on-campus food trucks could be an answer to that problem.

Food trucks have been lining the streets at universities across the country, including The University of Texas at Austin, serving lines of hungry students and promoting food that is fast, cheap, and delicious.

“There are food trucks all over campus that cater to students’ late night cravings,” said C.J. Haynes-Dale, a former U.T. Austin student “I think they would be successful on any college campus.”

Michael Siegel, co-owner of Green House Truck, has been serving made-from-scratch food with local ingredients in the University Park area for over a year now, as well as at a few SMU on-campus events.

“There’s a need for healthy, affordable, and fast food. It’s particularly important on or near a college campus,” said Siegel.

Grilled lemon chicken salad, miso steak rice bowls and gazpacho soup are among the options. And with all items around $8, the food is student budget friendly.

The toughest challenge of not having a permanent location is getting the word out, but many owners and chefs have found that the use of social media helps attract customers.

“I can always find a food truck’s location thanks to their constant Twitter updates,” Renick Towsend, an SMU sophomore, said.

Green House Truck has recently taken up shop in the Bank of Texas parking lot on the corner of Hillcrest and University Blvd. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This marks the first time they will be serving the SMU community on a consistent basis.

“The food is better and cheaper then a lot of restaurants surrounding campus but it’s timely and inconvenient chasing the trucks around DFW,” Malloy Olson, SMU senior, said.

University Park and the City of Dallas have separate rules and regulations that apply to mobile trucks. A permit, which can take up to several months, must be granted to legally sell food on the streets.

University Park grants the owner of the food truck’s desired property the right to give permission to allow the truck to park there or not.

“Allowing a food truck to park in your business’s parking lot is a great advantage for the property owner; it attracts people to your own business,” said Skinner.

Unlike business’s with a permanent location, food trucks have the advantage of packing up and leaving if they don’t sell in a particular area.

According to the City of Dallas Requirements for Mobile Food Vendors, trucks are subject to many of the same regulations as restaurants, ensuring they are regularly inspected to guarantee a clean kitchen and safe food.

Following the success of Dallas’s first ever Food Truck Festival in August, held in the parking lot outside of Sigel’s on Greenville, it is clear that the public supports the trucks.

VIDEO: Students Gather at Mane Event

April 30, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Video and editing by Sydney Giesey
sschmidt@smu.edu

Students gathered on the main quad Friday to take a break before finals and enjoy the food and fun at this year’s fiesta themed Mane Event. From bounce houses and a mechanical bull to henna tattoos and caricatures, students had plenty of activities to choose from. Even Peruna made an appearance at the event.

VIDEO: Ke$ha Comes to SMU

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By Mustang Editors
mustangeditors@smu.edu

Ke$ha performed in Moody Coliseum before an audience of glittered SMU students and Dallasites Thursday night.

The performance was put on by Program Council as their annual spring concert. General seating was free for students while floor tickets cost $20.00.

The Daily Update: Thursday, April 28

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Obama released his birth certificate after rising criticism from “birthers.” Coverage for the Royal Wedding starts at 3 a.m. CDT tomorrow, and Ke$ha performs at Moody Coliseum tonight. Find out all this and more on today’s Daily Update.

Dalai Lama To Receive SMU Honorary Degree

April 27, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Praveen Sathianathan
psathianat@smu.edu

The Dalai Lama will give a speech and receive an honorary degree during the SMU Hart Global Leaders Forum.

The tenth annual forum will take place at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium on May 9.

The spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel laureate will speak to an audience of about 2,500, mostly high school students, SMU students and faculty.

Tickets for the general public sold out within an hour of when they went on sale on April 27.

SMU students, faculty and staff will be able to pick up two tickets starting May 3 at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. A valid SMU ID and birthdate is required to receive tickets, which are on limited availability.

His Holiness won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for using non-violent methods when facing Chinese rule in Tibet.

SMU joins a growing list of universities and colleges that have awarded honorary degrees. This list includes the Miami University, University of Washington, Melbourne University in Australia, the University of Oriental Studies in Los Angeles and Rutgers University.

Previous speakers for the Leaders program have included former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Hart Global Leaders Forum, which is dedicated to turning younger generations into accountable, ethical beings, is sponsored by gifts from Mitch and Linda Hart.

Taco Shops on the Rise in East Dallas

April 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

by Bridget Bennett
brekow@smu.edu

Rusty Tacos celebrated it’s one year anniversary this month. The restaurant features authentic tacos with a twist. From Fried Chicken to crispy shrimp, their non-traditional variety of tacos are available for just $2 each.

This style of restaurant is becoming more popular in the East Dallas area. Fuzzy’s taco shop on Mockingbird and Abrams has been open since August of 2010. Their tacos are similar to Rusty’s, with baja style tacos, also sold for about two dollars.

Both restaurant owners say that business has been booming since they opened the doors. Customers say the relaxed atmosphere, patio space, and delicious, cheap tacos are a great selling point.

As far as competition goes, Shawn Phillips, the operating partner at the Lakewood Fuzzy’s, says he is excited to see more restaurants in the genre popping up. He says the shops are like cousins on a family tree, working together to make tacos a classic choice for casual dining. “Will it be a burger and fries, pizza, or tacos tonight?”

VIDEO: 98th Student Senate Inaugurated

April 26, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Andy Garcia
atgarcia@smu.edu

The 98th Student Senate was inaugurated Tuesday in the Hughes Trigg Student Center Commons.

Following the inauguration the student government elected members of the legislature to the following positions.

Student Senate Officers:

Speaker:
Ted Belden

Parliamentarian:
Alex Morgan

Chief of Staff:
Alex Mace

VIDEO: Dallas Housing Market Sees Slow Decline in Sales

April 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Video By Meredith Carlton
mcarlton@smu.edu

Many areas have continued to struggle with the state of the economy and the housing market is no exception. According to the National Association of Realtors, previously occupied home sales have decreased since February 2010. On average, sales fell an estimated five percent across the country but Dallas has seen something different.

“We only had like a 2.8 percent decline,” Pixie Young, an Ebby Halliday realtor, said. ” I think a lot of that is because we didn’t have the inflated prices that a lot of the other parts of the countries had.”

Although Dallas did see a minimal decline in sales, some homeowners that were wishing to sell their properties had to make some changes.

“We started at a certain price, and it needed to be adjusted,” Samantha McVey, a Park Cities resident, said. “Then we started getting more people looking at it.”

Not all homeowners had the flexibility to adjust to the market.

“If they bought in the peak pricing period which was 2008/2007, maybe the house has gone down in value,” said SMU real-estate professor Bill Brueggeman. “They chose to rent.”

However, people who are in search of a house are said to be in a good position.

“From a buyers perspective it’s great,” Brueggeman said. “I mean if you have a good solid credit rating and you can qualify for a loan, mortgage rates are really low.”

Dallas has more to offer homebuyers than an attractive housing market.

“Texas is leading the nation in jobs, so there’s a lot of relocation coming into texas,” Young said. “That means our home sales should remain at a pretty decent level.”

Although Texas does have these benefits, homeowners said homebuyers should choose to look at one specific factor before they finalize a sale.

“Location is so, so important, wherever you are,” McVey said. “That really is an attractive selling point to any buyer.”

The Daily Update: Tuesday, April 26

April 26, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Seven people are dead and at least 67,000 are without power after violent storms hit Arkansas this morning. Nissan is recalling nearly 196,000 sport utility vehicles in the U.S. And the NFL lockout has been lifted. Find out all this and more on your Daily Update.

The Daily Update: Monday, April 25

April 25, 2011 by · Comments Off 

On today’s Daily Update you’ll catch the latest about the devastation brought on by the fires in central Texas, details on the recent murder in Plano and who Sir Elton John chose as his son’s god mother. All this and more on your Daily Update.

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