The committee met with Directors of Food Services, Jim Nabors and Susan Shaw, on November 14th, at 5 p.m. We officially decided to meet about once a month with them as a committee, maybe twice if necessary.
Mr. Nabors informed us that the University will be altering our meal plan recommendation. According to Aramark, they must provide some sort of alternative to total access for those students who did not believe that they would need to use such an option. For that reason, they will be reinstating the 10 Meal per week plan on top of our recommendation. I made sure to express that the committee made that decision in the first place because the total access option was not only more economical for students, but that the price differentials between the total access and the 10 Meal per week was only 10 dollars. The prices though for these new options are subject to change, or so our committee was told. Also, they are changing our 600 All DCB option to 700 All DCB. We were informed though that the default option will no longer be one of the meal per week options, but will be the total access option.
La Lola Loca is still trying out new locations to determine the best foot traffic. We think that it will end up parked closer to the Student Center though, which we think may be one of the best places for the truck. If that is the case, that could solve some of the mentioned seating problems. We did mention our ideas for folding tables and maybe graffiting “take a seat” on the buckets. I believe they might look into that. It was also brought up the possibility of having blankets to use for like a picnic type set-up though that probably would not be implemented until the spring. We learned that La Lola Loca is able to do catering for different events on campus. Size does matter though. They would not be able to handle large amounts of students at one time. I think they mentioned that it would need to serve less than 500 students.
We brought up our list of various student concerns ranging from drink machine label mismatches to the furniture in the Student Center. While they claimed they would look into all of that, the committee will certainly be following up on that to make sure it was handled. We broached the topic of healthier food options in the Student Center, and the possibility of that being covered in Meal Plan. They were not very receptive to the idea. They believe that they do provide such options like in the carry-out section, and ultimately they believe that the cafeteria adequately provides those options that a student would want. If they are that concerned, they should take the time to eat in the cafeteria instead of the Student Center. It was brought up that the carry out section will close early sometimes, and they said they would make sure that does not happen.
On November 14th, before the committee meeting, I participated in an interview with Channel 6 News regarding the progress and successes of my committee this semester. I was able to promote such things as Campus Dish, and have an open dialogue with the interviewer about the direction of our committee. It was a wonderful opportunity and I certainly appreciated the warmth and professionalism of my interviewer.