Campus Dining Hall Hours Do Not Serve Campus Well

Posted on October 11, 2011 by

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By Ashley Arseneau

The locked doors to the Dining Hall at WSU can be quite the letdown for hungry members of the campus community. Photo by Ashley Arseneau

The on campus Dining Hall at any school is where college students, resident or commuter, can always expect to find a decent, well balanced meal. Here at Worcester State University (WSU), most students, especially those living on campus, have come to love and hate the dining hall, known to some as Deka. Not considering the food, one of the main issues a student could find with the Dining Hall would be its hours of operation.

 

According to the Dining Services website, the hours are 7:30 a.m. to 10:15 for Breakfast Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. for Lunch, 2 – 4:30 p.m. for Continental and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for Dinner. On weekends, the hours are quite different. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Dinner is served from 4 – 6:30 p.m. These weekend hours are also in effect on Snow days and Holidays. For students on campus during the weekend this can be quite the annoyance.

 

“It should be open throughout the night until midnight,” said Nicholas Chausse, WSU Junior. Chausse said he would like to be able to go and get a snack or sandwich late at night.

Melissa Beoudry, WSU Junior, agreed with Chausse, and said that students would go for food later if the Dining Hall was open later. “I think they are inconvenient for athletes,” in regard to the Dining Hall hours.

While the Dowden C-Store is open from 7 -11 p.m. on weekends and Wasleyan’s Java Junction is open 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, the food available to purchase there is not what students consider “good food”. “Dowden (C-Store) mostly has junk food,” said Kerri Cosseatte, WSU Junior. Wasylean and the C-Store sell the most of the same food. Some of the offerings include sandwiches and salads, but there are plenty of less nutritious and cheaper food options available.

In a recent interview, Rich Perna, Director of Dining Services, said that WSU’s dinner hours were actually extended an extra half hour last year. Perna said it was because he noticed more student athletes wanting to come and eat between 7 and 7:20 p.m. He also said that he will be looking into this again now that the new semester has started to see if there any changes from last semester.

“If it is affecting a large sum of people we will take a look,” said Perna on the subject of changing hours. The process for this, as described by Perna, is, “I take a poll and see how many people it is effecting.”

According to Perna, there is also an alternative option for those who cannot make dinner The Bag-It program allows a student to fill out a form and turn it in by breakfast of the day they will want the meal and they can come back at lunch time and pick up a bagged meal for the cost of one regular meal. He said the football team will get bagged meals often during away games.

The Bag-It program sounds like a solution to most students’ issues with the hours however, Chausse, Cosseatte, and Beoudy all had never heard about the Bag-It program. Perna said that the forms are available at the cashier’s counter in the Dining Hall.

At the suggestion of changing brunch hours Perna seemed quite open to the idea. The idea of 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. was suggested and Perna said he would look into it. He also said that hours could not easily be extended but shifting them was more of a possible idea.

 

 

 

 

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