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Twitter chat stirs up talk on construction

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By Madeline St. Amour

Associate News Editor

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April 28, 2015

Students and the University Auxiliary Services (UAS) #talkedmealplans during a live Twitter chat on April 21 that started at noon.

Using the hashtag #talkmealplans, staff from UAS and students on Twitter talked about the incoming changes, which are due to construction, and what new venues are going to be available to students next year.

Michelle Bowen, UAS’s senior director of Marketing and Communications, came up with the idea. Stephen Pearse, the executive director of UAS, said that Bowen ran the Twitter account, @UASAlbany, during the chat and discussed how to answer with Pearse.

While UAS has open forums with the Albany Student Dining Advisory Council to do essentially the same thing, it gets “limited success from that,” Pearse said.

“Michelle thought that this might be one more (fun) way to get some dialogue going,” he wrote in an email.

Pearse also said that UAS will continue to do chats like this in the future if it continued to get a good response from students.

“This seems to be a very comfortable way for students to reach out and ask questions, share concerns, [and more],” he said.

Check out some of the tweets below.

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