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Meal plan finalized

By Joey Marquez

At the Undergraduate Association meeting yesterday, Paul L. Antico '91, chairman of the UA Food Service Committee, presented a final proposal for a meal plan that would not require anyone in the MIT community to purchase a meal plan.

The meal plan proposal would extend hours at Lobdell Court, which would be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walker Memorial dining hall would be open for lunch and dinner, and a convenience store would be installed there.

Under the plan, McCormick dining hall would provide a "community lunch service focused on healthy food," which could be extended to dinner service, depending on consumer demand. A new convenience store would also be established at McCormick.

Other changes include closing the Baker dining hall for all food services. Also, either the MacGregor or Next House dining hall would open at no extra cost to students living in the dormitory, and an evening snack bar and convenience store would open in the dormitory as well.

Networks would be changed into an "old time diner" that would offer services in the very late hours.

It was also suggested in the proposal that the contractor present a discount to students who purchase a meal card.

Though this plan is in its final form, it still needs the approval of the faculty and MIT Corporation in order to be established, Antico said.

Lawrence E. Maguire, director of housing and food services, did not want to comment on the finality of the proposal.

If this proposal is approved by the Corporation, MIT will begin notifying food service contractors in mid-March to explain the structure of the MIT proposal. Bids will begin May 15, according to Maguire.

At that time, a committee of three faculty members, three administrators, one graduate student, and two or three undergraduates will be set up to help determine which contractor will provide the best bid for the new meal plan, Antico said.

A contractor will be chosen by July 1.

This proposal comes at the end of a long investigation by the UA Food Service Committee in collaboration with Maguire to determine what students want in a meal plan. An initial proposal was presented to the Academic Council by Maguire on Tuesday.

The initial plan proposed that residents of Baker, MacGregor and Next House eat four out of five dinners per week in a dormitory dining hall. It also required them to buy a $500-per-term minimum mandatory meal plan.

Maguire presented this proposal, but added that surveys conducted by the UA indicated that students were against the proposed meal plan. Maguire added in his presentation scenarios of what students want in a future meal plan.

Maguire said that rejection by the students reflects "the reality" of the students' needs. He added that to meet the students' needs was the only way that a meal plan can be proposed and be successful.