Einstein Bros Bagels opens in Samford Library


A new Einstein Bros Bagels, along with a renovated seating area, opened last Friday in the Samford University library.

“This was part of our original plan with Samford, and the library location fits nicely with the population on that part of campus,” says Brent Bolton, general manager of Sodexo Campus Services at Samford. “We knew coming into our first year that Samford needed more retail, and the look and feel of Einstein’s was a great match.”

The newest food offering on campus presents a tasty array of breakfast and lunch foods to the campus body. A lengthy list of bagels and schmears ranging from apple cinnamon to spinach florentine, egg sandwiches and “darn good” coffee are the breakfast staples. Sandwiches, soups, salads and bagel dogs are available for lunch, and there are plenty of sweets for dessert as well.

Samford students will be able to use their Dining Dollars credited on their student ID cards at Einstein Bros.

Einstein Bros’ only other Birmingham location is inside the Learning Resource Center at UAB. The Colorado-based company has approximately 800 locations nationwide.


“My first Tasty Turkey bagel was delicious, but it contained no Tasty Turkey,” Philip Copeland, associate professor and director of choral activities at Samford, recalls of his first Einstein Bros experience. “The staff was beautifully contrite, and my second Tasty Turkey was even more delicious and full of very Tasty Turkey. I loved hanging out in the library with a good meal in a cool place.”

It seems more dining expansions may be in store for the Samford community. “At this time, we are looking at possible options over in the Southern Progress Corporation area, since a portion of the Samford campus will be relocating to this area in the coming months,” Bolton says. “We are evaluating the needs of the campus and how best to accommodate those needs.”

For more information about Einstein Bros, including nutrition data, visit http://www.einsteinbros.com/.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday – 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday – 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday – Closed
  • Sunday – 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Step Sing by the directors

Step Sing 2015 premieres Thursday, February 12. Here’s what some of the directors have to say about their shows:


Alpha Delta PiMorgan Thomson and Ellen Williams

Alpha Delta Pi, Ellen Williams:
“Our show is a little bit of rock and roll, a little bit of sass, and a whole lot of fun. There’s something new and exciting to expect at every turn.”

Alpha Omicron PiKatherine Cloninger and Elise Leveille 

Alpha Omicron Pi

Alpha Tau OmegaEvan Gunter and Patrick O’Connor

Alpha Tau Omega, Evan Gunter:
“The men of Alpha Tau Omega are ready to bring a new type of show to Step Sing 2015. Expect laughs and a gnarly time but do not forget the sunscreen!”

Chi OmegaLaura Valby and Emmy Carswell

Chi Omega, Laura Valby:
“Everyone can relate to being a kid, who couldn’t wait to get out of class and finally be free from all of the rules, thought control, and boredom of school. We want to leave the audience remembering the feelings that came with the ringing of the school bell that signified those 30 minutes of freedom that every kid anxiously awaited!”

Dudes-a-PlentyStephen Rice and Jay Morris

Dudes-a-Plenty, Stephen Rice:
“Everyone watching our show this year should expect a very classic Dudes show. In a sense, we believe that this show is a true revitalization of the spirit that DAP was originally founded on. FUN. We want to put on an entertaining show for everyone watching, we want people to laugh, maybe even tear up a little, but most of all we want the guys who participate in DAP to have as much fun possible.”

Fresh MixRachel Williams, Ben Crabtree and Emily Van Dyke

Fresh Mix, Ben Crabtree:
“We promise a thrilling and ‘cutting edge’ experience, unlike any other Freshman show before.”

Freshman LadiesAnn-Houston Campbell, Arden Dortch and Anna Beth Riggs

Freshman Ladies, Anna Riggs:
“The freshmen ladies show is fun and exciting. It’s charming and cute and funny and entertaining. We plan to take you on the trip of a lifetime and promise to leave you wanting more.”

IgniteChristine Carrier and Katie Belcher

IGnite, Katie Belcher:
“This year, we wanted to let our true colors show, so IGnite is rolling out of the box. It may be a little different, but I guess you could say we’ve never been very good at coloring inside the lines.”

Phi MuHaley Thornton, Elizabeth Henard and Kelli Crawford

Phi Mu, Elizabeth Henard:
“​​The audience can expect a fun and whimsical show from the ladies of Phi Mu this year. Look for the sharp execution of some intense dance moves, and mad makeup to fear.”

Pi Kappa Phi, Cameron Gonzalez:
“Our show is the unrealized story of a group of people who are often looked down on and under appreciated. We tell their tale of how much they love their jobs, despite the feeling that the world is against them. In trying to convince their arch-rivals to come to their side, they realize that all is not bad in the world. Will they change? Find out during Pi Kappa Phi’s ‘Trashin’ the Camp.’”

Sigma Chi, Richard Barnes:
“Expect the Sigma Chi Alley Cats to bring some fun into your night by reminding you what is what like to live Life in the Fast Lane!”

SpectrumWilson Brantley and EJ Smith


To live stream Step Sing 2015, click here.

For more information about Step Sing, click here.

Show times:

Thursday, February 12th at 7:00PM
Friday, February 13th at 7:00PM
Saturday, February 14th at 2:00PM (Matinee show)
Saturday, February 14th at 7:00PM