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Better food would satisfy stomach, wallet

February 28, 2011

Staff Opinion

As a with any potential college student, Young Harris College prospective students have many expectations when they come to visit campus.

These expectations stem from visitation day. Visitation days are important for the college as well as potential students, because the college has the opportunity to gain more students and students have the chance to learn more about the college and what it has to offer. On these days, potential students see a glimpse of their “could-be” home and a taste of the food served daily. The issue that is difficult to understand is the false advertising.

When visiting, it is strongly encouraged to visit the dining hall and dine with students, faculty and staff. Young Harris is even known for giving vouchers so that visitors can dine complimentarily.

This gives the visitors an idea of what the food is like. The nice idea of a shrimp scampi or baked tilapia dinner is all but a dream once the semester is under way. Suddenly, all of your previous expectations crash head on into reality. Rarely is there an opportunity to have these dishes as an option for lunch or dinner. The food company that is responsible for preparing and serving the food on campus offers meals four times daily, which can be obtained either in the dining hall or the recreation center café.

There has been a lot of complaining on campus and in the student body about the quality of the food.

As a result, students are eating less and wasting more. There is an understanding that late-night meals are provided free of charge, which means there is nothing coming out of the funds allotted for the respective meal plan that includes three meals per day.

Late night is a new adopted meal option that allows students to eat in the dining hall after dinner free of charge. This is very untraditional for a four-year school. In fact, most colleges do not offer anything remotely like this; however, it makes you wonder about how cost effective it really is.

Hypothetically speaking, if dinner was enjoyable and not just something that had to be done because of a need to eat, late night would not be necessary.

This does not mean to insinuate that late-night is not a good idea, however, if dinner was better, late-night would not need to exist.

Now, as a result, students are eating on the food company’s dime and not their own, thus making it cost defective, making everyone involved loose out.

On weekends students travel off of campus to eat because food is not good or not available. Students are paying twice and so is the company that provides the food.

For the price that students pay for the meal plan, which is nearly $2,000, the quality of the food should be better.

While better is a relative term, this means the food should be cooked thoroughly, available to students when the dining hall is open and tastefully prepared.

The most annoying thing that’s irritation is when you visit the recreation center and the food that you thought would be there is not there, not available or out of stock. Students are held to a high standard. There is much need for improvement.

The saying you are what you eat applies to this situation because how can there be an expectation to perform well if we as students are not being provided with top-notch nutrition. A great leader once said, “We cannot beg and pay.”

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