By Laura Butler

It’s 7:45 a.m. and you just rolled out of bed ten minutes ago. You know you shouldn’t have stayed up until 3 a.m. watching that “Friends” marathon, but you just couldn’t turn it off. Now, you’re so tired you can hardly stand; a sure sign you won’t make it through your 8 a.m. algebra class without a caffeine-loaded energy drink.

Too bad your refrigerator is empty, and there’s no time to make it to Powell.

But that’s not the case anymore. Now you can grab a quick snack or drink on your way to class, even if you only have a minute to spare, thanks to the addition of the new “C-Stores” in the Wallace and Combs buildings.

The quick stops offer a variety of options for hungry consumers, including foods that range from chips, to fresh fruit and veggies to Big Papa Dill Pickles.

The snack shop also offers substantial foods, such as deli sandwiches, chef salads, and Lunchables.

The store can even satisfy ice cream cravings. A Ben and Jerry’s cooler, boasting several flavors, rounds out the store.

Students and faculty can purchase items, most of which are less than $5, with flex-dollars, cash or credit cards.

As of last week, these stores opened their doors, or rather cabinets, to Eastern students. The C3 (which stands for convenience to the third power) stores’ purpose is to give students and faculty a convenient place to buy a snack or sandwich, said Marc Whitt, spokesman for Eastern.

Whitt said the C-stores are just a couple of new food outlets appearing on campus this year.

Einstein Bros Bagels will be making its appearance on campus sooner than later. It is expected to open between late October and early November in the Moore Building.

Also, another addition to campus will come in the form of a long-awaited coffee franchise: Starbucks. But officials have not decided w when it will make its debut, Whitt said.

And several students on campus said they were pleased with the new food venues coming to campus. Allie Heckman, a freshman communications disorders major, said she is “super-psyched to try some bagels from Einstein Bros.” Heckman said she plans to stop by the new C-Store in Combs sometime this week.

Sheena Caldemeyer, a freshman occupational science major, jumped up and down when she learned a Starbucks would be arriving soon.

“I love espressos and lattes,” she said. “This makes my day. All my flex dollars will be going to these new little quick stops in the meantime. I’m always running late, so these will be really convenient for me.