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Food Service extends Lobdell dinner to 8 p.m.

By Andrea Lamberti

Effective September 4, the dinner hours at Lobdell will last from 5 pm to 8 pm, extending the service by one hour. The hot entree counter and the salad bar, which were previously closed at 7 pm, will be open during that time.

Last year, the Student Athletic Association asked MIT's food service to extend dinner service beyond 7 pm, according to Alan Leo, general manager of food service. They requested the change because some team practices coincided with the dinner hour.

The change benefits other students who couldn't make the 7 pm closing time because of rehearsals, laboratory assignments and other activities, according to UA president Manish Bapna '91, who fulfilled one of his campaign promises by helping Campus Activities Director Phillip J. Walsh coordinate the change.

The only obstacles to extending the dinner hour were activities sponsored by student groups who signed up to use the Lobdell space at 7:30. To accommodate those groups, Undergraduate Association President Manish Bapna worked with Campus Activities Director Phillip J. Walsh over the summer to contact the primary users of the Lobdell space and make other arrangements for them.

Lobdell will be affected in that the cafeteria might "have to be a little more efficient," Walsh said, particularly on the nights the space is reserved for other activities. But he added that "generally events don't start until about 9:00."

"We've always served entrees until 8:00" at Baker House, Leo said, primarily because of students involved in sports. He added that Lobdell is better suited for the longer dinner service, though, because it has better "location and visibility."