Rose offers a variety of new drink options

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Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 12:15 AM
Rose offers a variety of new drink options by Tracy Geibel
Whenever students want Starbucks coffee, they can now stop at Rose Hall or the library to get their favorite coffee or other drink. | Photo by Paige Koenig

Next time you stop by Rose Hall to grab lunch, dinner or just a snack, there’s no reason to settle for an ordinary drink.

Students have over 100 different drink options, all within one building.

“How is this possible?” someone might ask. Over the summer, a Starbucks and a Pepsi Spire machine were added to the dining area.

Previously, the university had only one Starbucks location, the one located at the Baron-Forness Library. Seattle’s Best, which is owned by Starbucks, was previously located in Rose.

“We had done a survey last year and asked students what they want on campus,” marketing director, Thomas Decker said, “and a second Starbucks location was overwhelmingly supported.”

Student, Amanda Filutze frequently stops by the Starbucks located in the library, usually to order her favorite white chocolate mochas.

“It’s convenient for when you have to go do something in the library,” she said. “You can just grab a cup of coffee.”

However, Filutze goes to Rose nearly every day for either lunch or dinner. She’s excited to be able to order her Starbuck’s white chocolate mochas without having to walk to the library.

Since the university already had a Starbucks on-campus, making the switch was a relatively simple process, according to Decker.

“I think it was really a no-brainer to make the change,” he said.

Also, students will find the new drink machine, the Pepsi Spire, allows them to customize their beverage by adding different flavors. Also located in Rose, the Pepsi Spire offers 12 different Pepsi products and six different flavor shots, which allows students to make about 120 different drink combinations.

The flavors available include cherry, vanilla, strawberry and more. Students can now make cherry or vanilla Pepsi; they can make strawberry lemonade. And, if they feel adventurous, they can add multiple flavors into their drink.

“It was something Pepsi offered us as their new product online,” Decker said. “We thought it would fit — students are always ‘touchscreen this, touchscreen that,’ and it’s fun for the students to mix and match.”

Instead of settling for cherry or vanilla flavored Pepsi, students can mix things up and add both to their drink. also provides numerous ideas for potential drink combinations. Midnight Fog is Pepsi with vanilla and raspberry flavor shots added. Instead of making strawberry lemonade, students might want to try Ruby Juice, Tropicana lemonade with strawberry, cherry and raspberry flavor shots added.

However, students can try countless combinations and find their favorites by experimenting on their own at Rose.

Additionally, students can look for Mountain Dew Black Label, a “crafted dark berry” flavored drink while dining at the university. It has only been released on select college campuses.

Students will have the opportunity to try this new flavor on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rose when the university is holding a taste-testing event. A free case of Mountain Dew Black Label and Kick Start Hydrating Boost will be given away as well.

Tracy Geibel is the Campus Life Editor at The Spectator and can be reached at

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