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"Crazy" About Food

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The announcement stunned food-lovers and Cal State University college students everywhere today as California State University at Channel Islands announced that finally, the campus was ponying up some cash and giving the students what they had wanted since the dawn of time.

That desire? Food.

Cal State Channel Islands, the newest addition to the high-watermark (but not as high as University of Cailfornia colleges) Cal State University system, officially opened its brand-new, state-of-the-art dining hall Tuesday, "ending an era of vending-machine rations and catering truck cuisine at the campus near Camarillo." Due to the fact that the campus has not had a brick and mortar dining facility since the campus premiered in 2002, people were obviously extremely excited. Hell, I mean, this is America -- we're obsessed with stuffing our mouths.

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The opening of the $1 million dollar on-campus eatery prompted people to give the Los Angeles Times a slew of really great food-related quotes after hearing that the eatery would offer up things like "cheeseburgers and cheese-filled tortellini" (read: cheese), like:

"We feel like we're at the beginning of something fantastic."

"I think it's a really great thing."

"We've gotten used to making food for ourselves, but this is a good change of pace."

"It was a long time to wait for hot food, but I'm glad it's here."

Compounding the excitement of hot food was the fact that the high-tech face-stuffing metroplex was previously a large dining hall for the population of a California State mental hospital. Yes, that's right. Lobotomized patients gorging on cheeseburgers had now finally been replaced by Cal State college students gorging on cheeseburgers.

Really, it's nice when things like that come full circle.