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Miguel Francesco Carrion

Jomari Fernandez orders lunch from the Halal Shop at SF State’s Cesar Chavez Student Center on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. (Miguel Francesco Carrion / Golden Gate Xpress)


January 31, 2023

Students stand in line during lunch hour at the many restaurant options on campus, the academic school year continues and businesses resume operation. 

Computer science transfer student, Eiffel Valentino is on campus for the first time exploring his food options, choosing between the Halal Shop and Quickly. It is his first semester on campus and looks forward to his future dining options. 

“These are really good choices,” said Valentino. “Especially Quickly, I have known Quickly for a while and I know them pretty well, I also went inside and they have a lot of food options, I gotta say.”

Computer science major and Halal Shop employee, Jeel Kankotiya works through the lunch rush and mentions how many students stopped by for a bite after a month of closure. 

“It was pretty busy around 12,” Kankotiya said. “The food here, people on campus love it, so it is the first day everybody is just trying to get their hands on food.”  

Omar Mizirawi, owner of Cafe 101 and Natural Sensations in the Cesar Chavez Student Center mentions his struggle with foot traffic to his shops. 

“There are not as many students as there were pre-covid, but it is definitely coming back in small percentages,” said Mizirawi. 

Mizairawi has been working on his social media presence, as well as introducing partnered  food delivery services, but still sees a decline in his businesses. 

Iris Gilsdorf, an apparel design and merchandising major, sits in front of Natural Sensations enjoying her bagel. It is her third semester on campus.  

Gilsdorf typically enjoys eating her food by the student health center in the grass where the sunlight hits. She believes the locations and the variety of the food could be dispersed around campus. 

“I think [the selection] is pretty good, I think they could be more spread out throughout campus,” Gilsdorf said. “I like this kind of eating, you can choose and get stuff from different places”.  

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Daniela Perez, Engagement Editor
Daniela Perez (she/her) is the Engagement Editor for Golden Gate Xpress and Xpress Magazine. Her journey with GGX began as a reporter and then online editor. In her spare time, she goes on outings with friends and video calls with her family and cat back home.
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Miguel Francesco Carrion, Visuals Editor
Miguel Francesco Carrion (he/him) is a fifth-year photojournalism major and Asian American studies minor. While he claims to be a country-singing, Bronco riding cowboy in another universe, he is currently serving as the visuals editor for the Golden Gate Xpress. Outside of school, he works as a freelance photographer and videographer, and his work has appeared in BBC North America, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Positively Filipino Magazine and The Filipino Channel. When not working, you can find him at The Pub or in the back of his friends’ cars belting Zach Bryan lyrics out of tune.

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