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2A - Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Extremist Arbor Anecdotes Before You Were Here


'Swiping cards, steal ing hearts'

Barb Bedolla has six children, 12
grandchildren and 10 great grand-
children. But her title of grandma
extends far beyond her biological
family to work, where she has the
nickname of Sooth Quad's grandma.
Bedolla has worked for the Uni-
versity on and off for almost 12
years, greeting students as she
swipes MCards and welcomes them
to enjoy their meals at the South
Quad cafeteria.
"She brings joy to everyone who
walks in here," said Jerry Walker,
one of her co-workers.
A Facebook.com group honor-
ing Bedolla, "South Quad Grandma...
Swiping Our Cards, Stealing Our
Hearts," has more than 200 members.
As students entered the cafeteria
and smiled to see that she was work-
ing yesterday afternoon, Bedolla
explained that she began her career
at the University on the night shift
at the University Hospital 12 years
She then moved to South Quad to

work in the food service department.
After transferring to Oxford for a
short term job, in facilities, Bedolla
returned to South Quad where she
began her work as a greeter.
"I look forward to coming to work
everyday," Bedolla said. "There's
always someone I can talk to."
Bedolla doesn't let anyone escape
a sincere greeting as they pass.
"Everyone is 'Honey' to me,"
she said.
A smile spread across Bedolla's
face as two girls approached her
desk and handed her their MWards.
"I have a lot of special ones,"
said Bedolla, referring to the girls
as they passed through the line.
She reached into her purse and
pulled out a handmade thank you
Bedolla explained that she once
consoled a girl who entered the
cafeteria in tears. In return, the
student sent a card that she now
carries in her purse everyday.
Bedolla said she still receives

birthday and Christmas cards from
students who have graduated.
Two students even called her
from the Rose Bowl to wish her a
happy New Year, she said.
Bedolla said she dreads the
thought of graduation and saying
goodbye to students.
She plans to attend commence-
ment this year to cheer on her favor-
ite students.
"I've seen them come in as fresh-
man, and if I can smile at them or
give them a hug to make their tran-
sition better, I do," Bedolla said.
"She made our year a whole lot
easier," said Kinesiology freshman
Krista Phillips.
Barb Bedolla's warm greetings
have left lasting impressions on her
"special ones."
"We definitely miss her on the days
she's not sitting there," Phillips said.
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Barb Bedolla swipos MCards in South Quad cafeteria
yesterday afternoon. Residents olien refer in Bodoll 0as
the Soulh Quad Grandma for hnr warm greetings and
attachwentlio the students she weels.


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reported that a garbuge can WHERE: Biomedical Science Center WHEN: Today at 8 pm.
outside the south side of the Research Building WHEN: Today from 7:30 to WHERE: Hill Auditorium
buildingywas smoking, the WHEN: Tuesday at about 9:30 p.m.
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reported. Police said it appears WHAT: Three boys between V isa workshop
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WHERE: Dance Building,
1310 N. University Court
WHEN: Tuesday ar 6 p.m.
WHAT: A nmale student
reported Iis backpack con-
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wvallet stolen, DPS reported.
The backpack was left outside

WHERE: Stockwell Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about
12:30 p.
WHAT: An object fell on a
worker, injuring the worker,
DPS reported.

WHAT: A performance of the
The Who's rock opera Tommy.
Tickets are available at the
League Ticket Office and
range from $9 with a student
ID to $22 for others.
WHO: Department of Musical
WHEN: Today at 7:30 p.m
WHERE: Power Center

WHEN: Today fruom 10 a.m.
to noon
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