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NBC News reports that Publix has opened its first store on a college campus - at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The unit is a 28,000 square-foot unit, with about a third of the employees being college students. The store is said to have full-service seafood and floral departments.

I love the idea of a store on a college campus. But this also tells me how much college students have changed since I went to college … I don’t remember having much need for a full-service floral or seafood department when I was in school. Mostly, I bought beer.

• The Columbus Dispatch reports on how Ohio State University has a new benefit for students and staffers - a bacon vending machine.

The bacon being vended is cooked and shelf-stable. And probably perfect when cramming for exams.

According to the story, “The Ohio Pork Council, a trade group for the state’s pork producers, is sponsoring the vending wonder and received bacon donations from the biggest names in pork belly: Smithfield, Hormel and Sugardale. There are strips and bacon bits (each $1) in the machine, which will be stocked by students in Ohio State’s meat science program, which will receive the proceeds of the vending machine sales.”
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