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New meal plan to be proposed

By Katherine Shim

Director of Housing and Food Services Lawrence E. Maguire will bring a tentative meal plan proposal before the Academic Council today. The plan will be a hybrid of both administrative and student meal plan ideas.

Pending discussion and recommendations by the Academic Council, a final draft of the meal plan proposal should be completed by the end of the week, according to Maguire.

Both Maguire and Undergraduate Association Food Services Committee Chair Paul L. Antico '91 refused to give specifics about the terms of the meal plan, citing the quickly changing nature of the plan in the past few days.

Student surveys may

affect committee's plan

The plan may be influenced by results of surveys conducted over the weekend in Baker, MacGregor and Next Houses, said members of the UA Food Service Committee.

Surveys asked for student response to the MIT Food Services plan which proposed that residents of Baker, MacGregor and Next House eat four out of every five dinners per week in a dormitory dining hall. The dinners "would cost $7 each and would be limited commons: one entree, two vegetables, one dessert, one piece of fruit, unlimited beverages and unlimited salad bar," according to the survey. The dining halls would remain closed on the weekends.

The required plan would cost $1000, $800 of which must be spent on commons dining and $200 of declining balance that could be spent at dinner only. This meal plan would not cover breakfast or lunch.

The survey asked dormitory residents if they would prefer to have dormitory dining halls remain open under the terms of the MIT Food Services plan or if they would rather have the dining halls closed.

In Baker, approximately 90 percent of students who responded said they would rather close down the dining hall, according to the Baker representative to

the UA Food Service Committee Andrew E. Bloch '91.

One student who responded said, "It's totally ridiculous, and if I'm forced to eat from this meal plan, I'll move out."

Another student said, "As an athlete, I don't want to be required to eat a meal that I can't fit into my schedule."

Other students stated that the MIT meal plan discouraged the food service from making edible meals and providing reasonably priced service, while other students raised questions of whether Lobdell Court currently had the facilities to bear increased numbers of diners.

Both MacGregor UA Food Service Committee representative Jay M. Goodliffe '92 and Next House representative Seth M. Cohen '92 were reluctant to give the exact results of their surveys. However, both said that their results were "very similar -- both in terms of figures and student concern" to the Baker survey.