April 17, 2008

FAQ's About Dining Changes

The Campus Dining changes for next year are certainly striking up a lot of conversation and questions. Our format is set up for your feedback. Reps for Campus Dining have been reading your comments on our posts and answering your questions. Here are some

Here are some popular questions and answers, directly from our blog:

Q: What will the hours be?
A: There will be expanded hours.

Q: Can I still take food to go?
A: Yes, this is still an option. Containers will be available.

Q: What if we don't like Aramark's food? Will it be any different?
A: Most of the preparation will be done in front of the customer. Think of it as a market rather than a big institutional kitchen.

Q:No trays?!
A: Without trays, it will look a lot less institutional. It's been shown to save incredible amounts of energy and water.

Q: If Aramark is going to make all of these changes, why didn't they just do it this year?
A: "ACDC is an out-dated facility, much in need of renovations and improvements. Now that Aramark is in it for the long haul, the college can put money in to making it a space more conductive to student needs and better able to provide higher quality food."

Q:What if I just want a snack? Will I have to pay for the whole meal?
There are plans for a convenience store with snacks in the Students Building.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

I AM EXCITED.

and kinda hungry

Anonymous said...

Who the fuck cares about saving energy and water?????? Trays are useful. They help me carry all my food. Why are the young student environmentalists changing our dining for the worse?

matt said...

bitch bitch moan.... 6:41, shut the fuck up

Anonymous said...

will the convenience store have HEALTHY snacks? because i can only eat so much prepackaged crap before my stomach starts eating itself from the inside. painfully.

Anonymous said...

i think the convenience store should have bags of chips, soda, candy bars, stuff like that that we can grab quickly before class

Anonymous said...

Will the Kiosk or the retreat change?

Anonymous said...

let's get hershey bars/snickers/things like that like they put in the retreat this semester.

Anonymous said...

6:41 > hippies

Anonymous said...

are we actually eliminating trays from acdc to save energy? if their argument is that reducing energy will save money, then room and board should cost them less money. if not, aramark and/or the college is just pocketing the difference. even if costs do go down, it's not worth the inconvenience.

Anonymous said...

guys you're missing the point of the abandoning of the trays. It's not really to save costs on energy and water (although it does have those good effects). It's to reduce food waste. If you have a tray, you are more likely to fill up your tray at a buffer with as much as you can fit on it, and more likely than not you will take more than you can eat and end up throwing the rest of it away. That's a lot of waste and it's very inefficient. If you need to make two trips, do it, it's exercise anyway. And 6:41, you should care about saving energy and water. They're nowhere near unlimited, energy costs are rising very rapidly, and I can see clean water becoming the next scarce commodity. There's no need to be wasteful if you don't have to be.

Anonymous said...

but i'm willing to pay for all of that food, i just don't want to keep getting up. id rather just pay for a shitton of food, and if i dont eat it i dont eat it. its based for so whatever. i just don't want to have to make trips back and forth, that sucks.

Anonymous said...

also, if their concerned about waste, they should just charge more for the food so that only people who really want the food will buy it

Anonymous said...

The ACDC meal plan is changing to all-you-can-eat.

They are eliminating trays so that we won't be tempted to eat as much.

It's a smart business move for Aramark, plus it reduces food waste. You can always go back for seconds without paying extra.

Anonymous said...

you guys are missing the real problem. How will we go traying from now on?!?

Anonymous said...

And what will become of Tray Chic?

Anonymous said...

So you're willing to pay for food that you're not going to eat? I understand that much. But you're paying for food you're going to throw away. Why not just throw your money in the trash bin when you walk in? There is a major food shortage in the world right now, and wasting the food we have because we're lucky enough to live in a country where an increase in prices doesn't mean we starve this week is arrogant and unsympathetic.

Anonymous said...

in response to a couple of things, yes - the kiosk will undergo some big changes in both physical layout/expansion and food options available there.

the college isn't throwing away all of the trays, just keeping them out of the main servery - i have a feeling they will become available in some spot come winter time.

and listen - here's the tray deal. since it's all-you-care-to-eat you don't NEED to pile as much as you can on your tray in one trip because you can keep going back as many times as you want without having to re-swipe if you're still hungry. Not allowing you to take everything that appeals to you at one time will certainly reduce food waste, which, enivornmentalist or not, is a good thing.

Anonymous said...

But honestly, I have a bowl of cereal in one hand, and a glass of orange juice in the other, and that's all I can take in one trip??? Is that really enough for a growing boy like myself? I don't see why they have to inconvenience us just because they don't trust us to be responsible people.

Anonymous said...

maybe you should eat your cereal before it gets soggy and then worry about getting omelet

Anonymous said...

I get the whole "poverty in other countries" thing, but if we pay for the food, that means that we are subsidizing its production. once it's purchased, it doesn't matter what happens to it. no one is shipping our leftovers to Africa. and even if ACDC didn't order as much food, starving poor people wouldn't simply buy it instead (they have not enough money). food providers would just supply less food.

basically, i'm saying that i want trays, and if i'm willing to pay for the food, i should be able to carry as much food with me as i want.

Anonymous said...

Will someone PLEASE tell me if my food plan will be significantly more expensive! This is important!

Anonymous said...

it won't be hugely more expensive, but it will cost more

Anonymous said...

if they want to cut food waste, they should just raise the prices!!!! why inconvenience us? just change more money and fewer people will be able to buy tons of food.

Kenneth said...

Going trayless has worked in other colleges and there will probably be a few trays for those who insist upon them or have a physical condition that necessitates a tray.

Mina said...

jesus, the amount of immaturity in these comments is astounding! so you have to get up and make more than one trip for food. big deal! get over it.

Anonymous said...

1:24, i agree.
mina, i really don't see how not wanting to make multiple trips = immaturity.

andrew said...

10:07 & 2:10 -- PLEASE take a class in economics, preferably with someone good like rebelein or pearlman or johnson so you can actually be an educated person.

2:15 -- Here's the deal. from what i hear, a meal in acdc will cost about $10 for lunch/dinner no matter the type of meal plan you have (unlike now where those on smaller plans pay more per point than those on larger plans). i suggest that you get the smallest meal plan possible and then keep food in your room and get meals off-campus where a meal is going to be less than $10. that way you save $$, and get decent food (if you go to the right places)!

What nobody's mentioned is that all-you-can-eat will make everyone fat (there was a study done at Cornell that backs this up). It's nice of the college to remove disincentives to food consumption and thereby let us hurt our health.

To those of you with the "I paid for the thing, I can hurt the environment as much as I want" attitude: the thing is, you aren't paying for the waste. The problem is that there are social costs of your selfishness that aren't included in the cost of producing the food. There are what us economics peeps like to call negative externalities.

Anonymous said...

andrew, fine, i don't give a rats ass about the environment. guilty as charged.

if the social costs or whatever aren't factored into the price of food waste, i will happily pay them. so what would it cost for me to be able to just buy dinner, as much dinner as i want, all at once, on a tray, sit down, and eat it that way i've been doing in the acdc for three years? $12/meal? $15/meal? $20/meal? i'll pay it. but just to point out, we can currently do all of those things for about $8/meal or less. so it sounds to me as if food is getting more expensive and more difficult to carry. everybody looses.

Anonymous said...

Re: 4/18, 2:10, concering poverty...

Look at it from an economics perspective. If you consume more (although technically you're only consuming it in the sense that you're purchasing it, and then perhaps waisting it), then you are helping to increase aggregate demand for food. And, in case you hadn't heard, we're suffering severe global price hikes, coming from a number of complicated factors. We're in a catch-22 that we created - we use tons of fuel to ship food all over the world, and rising fuel prices right now are currently driving up the costs of food like crazy (not to mention those foods that become fuels...ie. corn...ie that which is in almost everything we eat).

Be conscious about what you're doing in consuming. In this world, less waste = less want, and yes, I do mean that on the macro level.

Read the newspaper. From the front page of today's New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/18/world/americas/18food.html?em&ex=1208664000&en=0ffdf970685c8fe1&ei=5087%0A

Anonymous said...

re: 10:46, I think that this has already been suggested, but if having to make multiple trips is too much of an inconvenience for you, buy a tray. Since you are apparently not concerned about prices, you should be able to find an amazingly large tray, and do as much wasting as you like. Or is carrying the tray to the ACDC too much trouble?
Seriously guys, I don't mean to preach, but there are bigger problems in the world than having to get up again to get more food... like the rising price of energy, like the dwindling supply of fresh water, like people who don't even have the chance to get two servings. Please, let's not be so self-centered!

Anonymous said...

8:45, i never comment on here, but that was funny shit.

straight up, that bitch needs to buy a tray.