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Breakfast of champions

A tip from reader Chance Brandt sparked an investigative trip to H-E-B, 1604 and Kittyhawk, where Brandt allegedly purchased a box of "Hemp-plus" toaster waffles. According to Brandt, H-E-B officials explained that hemp is harmless - not to mention high in protein and omega 3 fatty acids - but he's not convinced. "I don't like shopping at a grocery store that is selling drugs to my kids," he told the Current. "The packaging has a picture of marijuana, excuse me, 'hemp leaves,' on the box. And it's not up high like the other adult cereals; it's down low where my kids can see it. This is not helping the schools with their zero-tolerance drug policy."

Alas, our trip to the Universal City H-E-B yielded no hemp-laced waffles: The chain's grocery partners denied ever having stocked them. The question remains: What is an adult cereal?

Meep Meep!

Anyone who has paid for salad by the ounce can tell you that retail food purchases are expensive, especially if you're a college student. Roadrunner Café, UTSA's first dining hall, opened August 19 as students began moving into dorms on the 1604 Campus. The café converts student's campus food choices from a retail to a dining-hall atmosphere. Previously, students' selections were limited to one food court and there was no meal-plan option.

The café, managed by UTSA food-service provider Chartwells, seats 425 and has two outdoor-dining patios. In addition to the full, self-service salad bar, the dining hall has Sandwich Central, the Mongolian Grill, which is exhibition cooking made to order, and Trattoria, featuring wood- and stone-baked pizzas, pasta, and daily Italian specials. Meals are served in an all-you-can-eat format; prices range from $4.75 to $7.

Air Rowdy, the university's wireless-internet service, is also available in the café.

- Nicole Chavez

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