Letter to the Editor: Let’s deal with the dining issue right now

By on October 28, 2009

On Sunday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m., we hope to have the whole University community come out and show support for food service reform. For too long, concerns about the food services at Quinnipiac fallen on deaf ears. We hope to all go out for food at one time and force attention to this issue.

Café Q at Quinnipiac starts to close their food stations at 7:30 p.m. during the week, and on weekends only stays open till 6 p.m. People do need to eat outside of those hours, with that said a large majority of people enjoy having a dinner sometime after 7 p.m. but find themselves without a cafeteria to eat in. The second option we are given to eat in is the Bobcat Den (aka) the “Rat”. On a campus that has thousands of students who rely on a meal plan for their main source of food, a refurbished bar hardly seems like a reasonable place to get food.

The Bobcat Den is a small facility that often times causes students to wait for over 45 minutes to get food. There are limited food options for students because the facility is too small to cook many different types of food, leaving students waiting for extended amounts of times–especially now that enrollment at Quinnipiac has increased.

On Nov. 8, we hope the whole university community can come out and show that Quinnipiac needs to extend the main cafeteria hours on weekends and renovate and expand the Bobcat Den. We will all go for dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 and will most likely need to wait because the Bobcat Den is ill equipped to deal with students looking for food in a timely fashion on a Sunday evening.

With full campus participation maybe once and for all we can force Quinnipiac to pay attention to the needs of its students and take action to correct this long-time issue that continues to grow.

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