Students Are Coping with Dining ChangesBy Ifung Lu
Students have mixed feelings about recent changes in the food service. Opinions are divided largely between east and west campus residents.
Residents of the east side of campus protested the closing of Pritchett Snack Bar and the shortened hours at Walker Memorial's Morss Hall. West side residents generally approved of closing the McCormick Hall and MacGregor House dining halls.
East side residents said that the recent cutbacks have limited their dining options. The shorter hours at Walker make getting something to eat less convenient. "It would be better if they kept Walker open longer for lunch," said Jeffrey M. Roth '96.
"I have classes until late in the afternoon, and the fact that Walker is closed then makes getting lunch very inconvenient," said August W. Chang '97.
Many east side residents also criticized the Pritchett closure. Pritchett being open late nights "was a great resource," said Anna M. Tomassini '95. "We're not able to get food late at night now after Pritchett closed. You can't eat Dominos every night and it also gets expensive."
"They should consider everyone's needs. I know people that want Pritchett open. People at MIT are late night people, and food on the east side at night, and even in general, is just not very accessible," Tomassini continued.
"It's just not convenient to go eat on the west side of campus. It seems terribly unfair that dorms on the west side have all the dining halls and we only have Walker, and that closes early," said Jeffrey M. Levine '96, a resident of East Campus.
Elizabeth A. Stoehr '96 said, "Over ten percent of the student population lives here on the east side of campus. All the dining halls that ARA says are open are on the west side. And it takes us almost half an hour to go to Next to eat."
Claire M. Woodman '95, a Senior House resident, added, "When I didn't feel like cooking, I went over to Pritchett. I can go to the [24 Hour Coffee House], but that's not food. And I'm getting sick of Networks."
Westerners like changes
Many students living on the west side of campus feel that the changes there are beneficial and long overdue.
"Closing the McCormick dining hall doesn't bother me because I hardly ever ate there. It was a great place to meet other people and socialize, but it was a financial burden," said Hea Kyung Chung '94, a McCormick resident.
"People go to the coffee house. And I think freshmen go to the Next House Snack Bar to study," she explained.
La Shaun J. Berrien '95 agreed that the McCormick dining hall was unnecessary. "It was expensive. We wanted it gone. There may be some that wanted it, but I didn't," she said.
MacGregor House residents had the same attitude towards their dining hall, which was closed this year. Many at MacGregor agreed that their convenience store, which recently expanded, is a much better option than the dining hall.
Tarik A. Saleh '95 explained, "I never really ate there. I eat at LaVerde's or Lobdell Court. Also, I'm in sports and it was more convenient to eat at the Student Center. I think, given all the options, the majority of people wanted it shut down."
"The store is bigger than last year," Prasanna B. Tambe '96 said, "but it's harder to order dinner. I'm cooking a lot more now. It's not that bad a situation."
People at Next House, however, were less enthusiastic about moving the convenience store from Next House to MacGregor.
"The Next House convenience store was more expensive, but it was convenient. Now I just go to LaVerde's to shop." said Jeannie K. Whang '96.