ABOVE: The cafeteria serves breakfast every morning from 7:15 to 10:30 a.m. They serve several special pastries and muffins in the trattoria with the breakfast spread. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)

By Mallory Graves
Staff reporter

Nothing makes these folks happier than a good breakfast to start off their day.

The cafeteria is located in the center of campus, above the Moundbuilder Market. It’s open for breakfast from 7:15 to 10:30 a.m. to serve not only the hungry students, but also the people of Winfield. Students who live on campus who do not have a meal plan are charged $4.45 for something to eat. For the public, the cost of a meal is $4.70 plus tax.

Kathleen Mignone, baker and supervisor, has been working at Southwestern for 23 years. She moved to Winfield from New York in 1996. “My favorite part is being here, and being around the kids. I never want you kids to leave. I am so sad when people graduate,” said Mignone. “My favorite meal of the day is lunch, because that means that I get to be around you guys. During breakfast time, I have to be in the back working.”

Mignone said, “Mondays are the most popular days for breakfast in the cafeteria, and Fridays are the least. I can tell that bacon is the student’s favorite breakfast food.”

For some, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Rylee Barnes, physical performance and sports studies freshman, said, “My favorite breakfast food would have to be either toast and jelly or hash browns. Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day, and I could eat it for all three meals.”

Kori Sandford, psychology sophomore, enjoys chicken and waffles and cinnamon rolls for breakfast. “I wish the caf had chicken and waffles. They have chicken, they have waffles, but not together.”

Misty Terrill, Fresh Ideas director, has been at Southwestern for 15 years. She does not eat breakfast, but she enjoys potatoes. “I’ve never been a breakfast person, and I don’t know why.”

The cafeteria does not serve the same thing for breakfast every day. “They switch up the meats, potatoes, and eggs, but they keep the biscuits and gravy. The students are big fans of biscuits and gravy,” said Terrill.

Abbi Turner, psychology freshman, enjoys French toast with eggs and bacon for her first meal of the day. She wakes up early to eat every day in the cafeteria. “If I don’t eat breakfast, I’m super cranky. But if I do, then I’m good for the day,” said Turner.

Turner’s favorite breakfast food is a chorizo that she enjoyed making with her mom when she was younger. “I wish the caf had my mom’s chorizos because they make me feel at home,” said Turner.

You can catch Kailey Koomen, psychology freshman, in the cafeteria on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings to eat her favorite food, bacon and scrambled eggs. “I am hungrier throughout the day if I don’t eat breakfast.”

Tumiso Tidimane, accounting freshman, says, “My favorite food for breakfast is an omelet and ice cream. When I was 13, I started cooking breakfast for my parents. I don’t cook the same thing every time. Sometimes I cook scrambled eggs with tomatoes and onions or French toast.”

Koomen said, “Every year, on the morning of Mother’s Day, I make chocolate chip pancakes and toast for my mom.” 

KC Lancaster, business freshman, said her favorite breakfast food is waffles with peanut butter and syrup. “If I don’t get up in time for breakfast, then I know I am eating lunch in a couple of hours, so I know that I will be fine to wait,” said Lancaster. M