Tercero Dining Commons

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Location
On campus, west of Kemper Hall
Hours
Monday - Friday
Breakfast 7:00- 10:15 am
Lunch 11:00 - 2:00 pm
Dinner (Mon - Thu) 4:45 - 8:00 pm
Dinner (Fri only) 4:45 - 7:30 pm
Late Night (Mon - Thu) 8:45 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
Brunch 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Sunday
Brunch 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Phone
(530)752-2966
Established
New building opened 2005-1-20

The Tercero dining commons, operated by Sodexo, serves mostly freshmen living in the Tercero area, though you will occasionally see upperclassmen venture over. The building contains a printing station, convenience store called Trudy's (with great smoothies), as well as an Area Service Desk. Supposedly, the Tercero Dining Commons is the tastiest of the the residence hall cafeterias. Unlike Segundo DC, lines are fairly short and there is always a place to sit.

There is also an unofficial contest among many freshmen to see who can steal the biggest and the best thing from the dining commons. Most only get away with little things like silverware and salt shakers. As to my knowledge, the largest completed theft was 4 chairs taken at once, and the largest attempted theft was the quesadilla grill while "someone" stole a DC employee. Anybody beat this?

The existing dining commons were remodeled in 2005, and a new section was built to meet the increased number of students residing in Tercero following the completion of the new Tercero South dorms in late 2005. However, due to [wikipedia]asbestos presence in the flooring and pipe insulation of the building, it was not ready to be reopened for Fall 2005. This meant that the hundreds of Freshman that were designated to use it were instead directed to the newly-rebuilt Segundo Dining Commons. The dining commons opened again for full service on Monday, January 2, 2006 for dinner. The remodel included a larger dining area, updated food preparation facilities, an expanded Learning Resource Center, a new Academic Advising Center, and an increase in both recreation and study space.

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I thought this place was pretty disgusting. They somehow even managed to screw up breakfast with spoiled milk and soggy fruit. My freshman year, I was getting salad and I saw a lady bug crawling around in the lettuce at the salad bar. I tried to warn the guy in front of me, but he didn't listen and scooped up the lady bug. Mmm protein. Another guy ordered a burger from the grill and found a caterpillar in it! When he complained to one of the Sodexho employees, they simply replied, "Well, at least you know it's organic." -AbbyLawson


2006-02-05 16:59:11   It seems that a fair number of faculty/staff members eat lunch at this; a colleague in the Genome Centre [er, I'm back in the US; I need to remember that it's a Center, not a Centre] mentioned that since the food in the Med School part of camups sucks, and it's so far from the parts of campus that have restaurants on their border, it's practically their default. Dunno how generally true that is. The time that I went was nothing special, though at $5.75, it's not too expensive. —DanielBrown


2006-10-25 22:32:46   I love Tercero DC, I hate that 50% of the time there is no juice. I go for the milk though. —GregWebb


2007-02-03 21:28:59   People who work here are very grumpy with the exception of the person who swipes you in. —KaiWan


2007-02-04 11:01:33   Our year (2001-2002) some students rolled a whole table out of the DC. I think that should top the largest items stolen from the Tercero DC. —RohiniJasavala


2007-02-26 16:06:30   anyone know what's up with the boycott? —NicholasKnoblauch


2008-01-28 16:11:02   I've heard a story of someone stealing an ice cream machine while disguised as a mechanic (but it was from segundo many years back) —William.Peacock


2008-05-21 21:56:04   A COMMENT ABOUT TRUDY'S SINCE IT LACKS A COMMENT BOX: TRUDYS IS A FUCKING SHITHOLE.
EVERYTIME I GO THERE, I COME BACK MORE DEPRESSED AND IT DRAINS MY SOUL OF WHAT LITTLE JOY AND HAPPINESS MY INSANE CLASSES BRING ME.
Only ONE of the employees there is actually exceptional, all of the others are rude and/or utterly incompetent. Then again, anyone who willingly chooses to work at an "establishment" like trudy's would probably intolerable to begin with. They have the worst vegetarian options IF ANY. Don't even get me started on their price markup.
If Trudy's actually tried to appreciate their customers and provide a service that was genuinely interested in the well being of the students maybe I would change my opinion.
As for now and the foreseeable future, it doesn't seem like there is any chance of that happening. —triscuitqueen


2011-05-17 17:35:56   I hated the structure of tercero dining commons. The lights were too bright, those who sit alone are easily noticed, lots of people go there in enormous packs, and it can be overwhelming to walk through after 30 minutes of opening. The breakfast foods are limited, and the working staff there are anal-retentive. On the plus side however, they usually play good oldies music, the swipes person Anne is really nice, and sometimes they served good food even though it is all expensive. —Chelsea744


2011-06-22 00:15:11   Great place. In my opinion, better than Segundo (Quarto dining commons are so bad, they aren't even considered) because there is less people and better food a majority of times. —JohnathonJosephs

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