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Satisfaction: questionable

January 31st, 2013

During the open forum at the inaugural Student Union Senate meeting of this semester, one of the first topics discussed was dissatisfaction amongst students about dining services at JCU.

Students complained of unclean beverage machines and long food lines. Others hoped that the dining hall hours would be extended to accomodate those with busy schedules. Students also want transferrable meal swipes to other locations within the dining service, like the Inn Between.

JCU Dining said that repairs to the beverage machines are in progress. All grievances about  cleanliness or other needs that students have should be brought to the dining hall managers.

There are not currently any plans in the works for extending dining hall hours or increasing meal swipe flexibility. However, doing so would benefit many students and John Carroll including student athletes.

Many students have a wealth of meal swipes left at the end of the semester, yet they run out of plus points, which are capable of being used at Einstein Bros. Bagels, the Inn Between and The Cubby. Making meal swipe usage more flexible or extending the dining hall hours would ensure that students get the most out of their meal plans. The dining service should strongly consider changing the dining hall hours and making meal swipes universal. Doing so would enable students to get the most for their money and provide incentive for students who live off campus to buy a commuter meal plan.