Red Mango celebrates with ribbon cutting

Jessie Hellmann

President Linda Bennett gets what she wants. Student Government Association (SGA) President Jordan Whitledge said Bennett’s not so subtle hints led to Red Mango coming to campus.

“Coincidentally it’s in the same building as the president’s office,” Whitledge said at the Red Mango grand opening Tuesday afternoon on the patio of the Wright Administration Building.

A ribbon cutting marked the grand opening, and speeches by Student Government Association (SGA) President Jordan Whitledge and Business Affairs Vice President Mark Rozewski were given.

Rozewski said he first discovered Red Mango in broad ripple village in Indianapolis.

“It’s just really fresh and healthy which we’re really looking for healthy options here,” Rozewski said. “This absolutely falls into that category. I personally enjoy it, too.”

Freshman nursing major Megan Shoopman said the second time she had been to Red Mango was at the grand opening.

“I really enjoyed the Strawberry Mango smoothie, and the pineapple mango is really good,” Shoopman said.

“For a large (smoothie), it was $5,” she said. “I think that’s a little high, but you’ll get that anywhere on campus.”

Shoopman is not the only student who thinks Red Mango is expensive.

“It’s a little expensive but what isn’t when Sodexho runs it,” junior engineering major John Poe said.

He said it is a good snack, and he rates Red mango an eight on a 1-to-10 scale.

He said there should be a Mcdonald’s or Taco Bell on campus instead.

“(USI needs) something cheap because not everyone can afford an $8 a meal,” Poe said.

Sophomore Morgan Cox said Red Mango had the perfect little meals, but she said she was not too fond of the regular flavor.

The Red Mango cost $80,000 to build and construction started in mid-June. Red Mango is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

Red Mango is the fourth location in Indiana, the 11th food venue to open on campus and the only full-service Red Mango on a college campus in Indiana.