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The Globe’s Point – Food service — again?

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Expired sodas in the cafe. “Green” takeout containers you have to pay for, wash yourself and reuse. Inconsistent and slow service. What’s left to say about our food service provider? How many times can we continue to yell into the questionably nutritional void?

Last week, we published a story written by one of our editors concerning the state of the food service — a subject that students have regularly voiced their opinions on across university history. The topic recently came to a head when CulinArt general manager Kristy Weiss spoke to USG last Monday. She promised students expired soda would not enter shelves again.

Okay, great. This news makes us happy, right?

Does anyone else find it incredibly glum that we are excited over the notion that the people in charge of feeding us made a promise to get rid of expired goods?

We renovated the cafe, but there aren’t enough people to work in the shiny, new cafe. Supposedly we have more vegan and vegetarian options, yet students posted photos of a near-empty cafe at 11:45 a.m. in the class of 2019 Facebook page.

We at the Globe were hesitant to write this article. The student body has been flooded with negative-leaning pieces on our food service providers for a long time. So what more can we do? Article after article has been written, meeting after meeting has taken place, new menus have been concocted, new staff members have been hired; yet here we are again, writing another article on how legitimately dissatisfied we still are.

All we want is consistency. And quesadillas. And maybe some hope. Is that too much to ask? We at the Globe find this completely reasonable.

Unfortunately, now, we seem to have arrived at an impasse. We made our voices heard, changes were made, and yet we seem to be stuck in a world of lukewarm hamburgers and honeydew-filled fruit cups (the Nicholas Cage of the fruit world).

With such little left for us as students to do, it seems like our concerns haven’t even been truly heard. So the question still remains, what else can we do to make them realize we just want food?

It feels like all we can do now is appreciate the extended hours of the salad bar and remember that Market Square is a five minute walk from campus.

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2 Responses to “The Globe’s Point – Food service — again?”

  1. Tim on February 21st, 2017 11:30 pm

    Leadership is not necessarily about how loud you can scream, but how many people will scream along with you. If we want to see a change in how the people making these decisions take our opinions into account, we need to collectively let our voices be heard. Right now, the chants are falling on deaf ears because they are either too sparse, too scattered, or too short. To fix these issues, we need people to poke and prod almost daily because, in the end, we are paying them for a service that we are dissatisfied with. This isn’t just a food issue, it’s a customer service issue.

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  2. Samantha Bowes on February 22nd, 2017 3:07 pm

    I read this article as I realized the chicken in my salad from the cafe which cost $7 had undercooked and almost raw chicken in it. My roommate had a raw hamburger just a couple of days ago. Very very uncalled for.

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