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Apr 28, 2016 5:07 PM

UPDATE: UNH students react to table that cost almost as much as year of in-state tuition


DURHAM - A light-up table that cost the University of New Hampshire almost as much as in-state tuition for a year was determined to be safe for use.
Until recently, it was undetermined if the lights in the table were a hazard.
Students have had mixed reactions to the table.

"It might be a little expensive, but I mean it looks pretty cool," said Claudia Willis, a sophomore.

I don't think that that would be what comes from 18 thousand dollars, I guess you could say," said senior Farrah Ekbacani.

The school said the table did not come from tuition money, but the hospitality budget .

A statement from Erika Mantz, the director of UNH media relations read:

"Purchasing a custom-made chef’s table for the recently renovated Holloway Commons costing thousands of dollars should not have happened. Steps have been taken to ensure it is a mistake that won’t be repeated. The table was not purchased with bonded construction dollars but through the Hospitality Services budget.

"The university takes great pride in its long track record of fiscal responsibility and efforts to soundly steward both student tuition and taxpayer dollars. Having a chef’s table was a good idea in that it allows the dining staff to interact with students, demonstrate healthy cooking techniques and share nutrition education, but much less money should and could have been spent to achieve the same outcome."

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