The end of the Cosmo: A Dining Commons tradition runs its courseUniversity Relations

On April 4, all dining commons will be serving the famed chicken cosmo sandwich for the last time. A popular menu item for over 26 years at Penn State, the cosmo has been a staple at almost all campuses’ dining operations and is a favorite of both students and alumni.

“Students like them. Alumni love them,” Director of Residential Dining Lisa Wandel said. “It reminds them of their college days. I think alumni will be more disappointed than anyone.”

Penn State Food Services sells approximately 600 to 700 cases of cosmo patties a month, or 274,000 cosmos every academic year. However, it’s the chicken vendor that is putting a stop to the cosmo. Pierce Chicken Products said Penn State is the only institution that buys the patties – a fact that can be attributed to the cosmo’s legend at the University.

I am ambivalent (living off campus, I never had meal plan) about this development, but I know some will disappointed. It isn’t like the 3D burger is going away, right?

There will be a contest as well:

Through its long history, the cosmo has been a part of thousands of lunches, dinners, and late night snacks. Food Services wants to hear some cosmo stories in their Cosmo Essay and Video Contest. Students and alumni are encouraged to send their favorite cosmo stories (100 words or less) to 111 Redifer Commons, University Park, Pa. 16802 or by April 25, 2008.

Cosmo lovers can also submit a 30 to 60 second video about their favorite cosmo moments. Contestants can post their videos on and send the link to Food Services at For more information on the contest, please visit

The participant with the best story will be awarded his or her very own case of chicken cosmos – the last of their kind.

H/T: Black Shoe Diaries

Oddly, Safeguard Old State has not commented on this decision, but I am sure they will because I can’t imagine they are just an elaborate Web site designed only promote a consequence-free environment for mindless binge drinking in Happy Valley.

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Author: WFY

Yet another Washingtonian pushing the ubiquitous Nats/DC sports, Penn State, commuting, bicycling, kayaking, broomball, skiing, gin & tonic agenda.

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