The Housing and Food Services Committee, along with the Executive Board and our advisors, had a meeting on March 26th, at x-period, with the Vice President of Student Services, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Vice President of Housing and Contract Services, and Aramark to discuss various student concerns with food services on campus. Co-Chair, Senator Ross, and I gave a formal presentation followed by a Q & A style discussion facilitated by Exec. I believe the meeting provided a great forum for dialogue, and I am expecting to see some progress by the end of this year, and hopefully into the next school year.
On March 27th, my committee met at its usual meeting time with Mr. Nabors joining us this week. He was one of the representatives present for Aramark on Tuesday and was very willing to work with us on Wednesday. The new arrangements involving meal plans have been put into place. Signs are up in various places within the Student Center as well as Bear Express. This will stay exactly the same throughout the rest of this semester. If for some reason, a change is made that is different than that sign, or a worker tries to tell you something otherwise, please let my committee know immediately. In regards to healthier options, those who attended the meeting seemed very open to a list of suggestions. I am hoping that by the start of next school year, some of those suggestions will be incorporated. In regards to hours of operation changing at various dining facilities, the cafeteria is now open until 9 and Einstein’s is also open again until 9, except for Sundays when it is open until 10:30. All types of fruit will be available for breakfast meal exchange instead of just counting whole fruit. I know I have been asked on two different occasions if someone wanted to get 3 chicken biscuits for breakfast, would they be able under this plan? The answer is yes, they would. That would mean though they would be forfeiting a side and a drink. I believe dining services on campus will start utilizing Twitter more so that students will be more informed about what is and isn’t happening on campus. I also believe lines of communication will also be improved within staff members of dining services and with dining services and SGA.
Mr. Rick McCollum also joined us for our meeting. What housing had originally planned to accomplish this summer will probably be scaled back some. Due to bids being higher than expected, they must prioritize some of their plans. We were informed that the wi-fi expansion will hopefully be underway this summer. They believe most of it will be completed by the start of next semester, and whatever is left will be finished by December.