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Delta State to Renovate Space-age Cafeteria for $9.2M

JACKSON, Miss. ― Delta State University will renovate its space-age cafeteria, meaning students will spend the 2017-2018 year eating meals in a temporary location.

The College Board Thursday approved a $9.2 million renovation for the futurist Young-Mauldin Cafeteria, whose dome and angled windows look as if a flying saucer landed on the Cleveland campus. Work will realign the space to accommodate changes in how students eat, improve access for the disabled, install new climate control systems, and make the historically protected building more energy efficient.

President Bill LaForge says the cafeteria will relocate to a ballroom in the rear of the student union next year to speed renovations.

The university will also spend $6.2 million to renovate Ziegel Hall, its music building. Delta State is paying for both renovations with state bond money.

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