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Monday, March 4, 2024

Best ASUCD Unit: The CoHo

Students and employees have selected the CoHo as the best ASUCD unit for Best of Davis 2022

By KRISTIN TRENT — features@theaggie.org

The Coffee House, also known as the CoHo, was originally established by the ASUCD in 1968 as a small eatery and area where students could relax in between classes. Now, the CoHo houses five eateries including Tex Mex, Swirlz, The Fickle Pickle Deli, Ciao and Mandalay Express, employing over 250 students. This year, the CoHo was voted “best ASUCD unit,” receiving 48.8% of Best of Davis survey respondents’ votes.

The CoHo is unique in its student-driven model, as it involves student employees in every facet of service including food preparation, customer service and leadership, according to Darin Schluep, the food service director for the CoHo.

Fourth-year sociology major Eeileen Zapien started working at the CoHo’s Tex Mex in winter quarter 2021. According to Zapien, the student-friendly work environment is very welcoming and allows her to feel part of a community. Zapien said she has made many connections with coworkers from all years and majors. She cites the ability to meet others as a major draw to the work environment, as the managing staff hosts social events after work. Zapien encouraged students in search of jobs to look no further than the CoHo.

UC Davis Coffee House (Kazim Jafri/Aggie)

The CoHo also provides a place to commune with others, Schluep said. Students like fourth-year psychology major Rhianna Gonsalves utilize it as a place to study with friends. Gonsalves said the convenience of purchasing food, in addition to having accessible outlets, plenty of seating options and a lively atmosphere are the reasons she loves to study at the eatery. 

Historically, the ASUCD Entertainment Council has used the CoHo as a venue for shows. The council recently hosted Open Mic Nights for students to share their talents, according to Schluep. He believes that hosting events is another way the CoHo fosters community. 

“The CoHo is a place where students make memories,” Schluep said. 

Written by: Kristin Trent — features@theaggie.org

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