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Pritchett Proposal Nears Completion

By Jeremy Hylton
Editor in Chief

A student proposal to re-open the Pritchett Snack Bar will be completed this week and sent to the Office of Housing and Food Services, according to one of its authors, East Campus President Tariq M. Shaukut '94.

A draft proposal has been circulating among students at East Campus and Senior House for several weeks, Shaukat said. "Hopefully we'll get the majority of the comments by the end of the next couple of days," he said.

The current draft of the proposal calls for Pritchett to be re-opened starting next semester. Pritchett would operate from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Sundays under the proposal.

Pritchett was closed at the beginning of this term as part of the campus-wide change in the dining system. Currently, Morss Hall, which is open for dinner weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m., is the only dining facility on the east side of campus. Morss Hall also serves breakfast and lunch.

An Undergraduate Association survey conducted last month showed that nearly 80 percent of east campus resident are unhappy with the quality and convenience of food services.

Many students support the proposal to re-open Pritchett. "I'm all for it. It's just a pain to have to go to Lobdell when you want to get something to eat, and you don't want to order pizza,' said Belinda T. W. Yung '95, a Senior House resident.

Proposal carefully crafted

Shaukat stressed that the proposal was designed as a realistic solution to the east campus food problems. "We think it's definitely something that has a good chance of being accepted as a working plan for re-opening Pritchett," he said.

The proposals' authors have discussed re-opening Pritchett with food services administrators and East Campus and Senior House housemasters, Shaukat said.

"[Food services] seemed fairly receptive at the time I talked to them. They recognized that there was a problem with late night and weekend services in particular, and it seemed like they wanted to do something about it," Shaukat said.

The proposal currently says the authors recognize the constraints which Housing and Food Services are operating under. The proposal calls for students to operate Pritchett, with training provided to improve efficiency and quality.

Still, there are details that must be settled once the proposal is complete. "The proposal is really something to get the ball rolling and let Housing and Food Services know what we want as a bare minimum," Shaukat said.

The first draft of the proposal was written on Oct. 25 and distributed to many residents of East Campus and Senior House. Shaukat said many students had commented on the original draft and that revisions had been made as a result.

One change suggested by several students was to specifically ask that vegetarian fare or salads be served, Shaukat said. Others students voiced strong feelings about Pritchett being operated primarily by students, he said.

"The reason we're going through all this is that we want to make sure that this is a proposal that will reflect the actual majority opinion," Shaukat said. "We don't want to have [Housing and Food Services] follow our proposal and have 200 people flame food services again."

Michael T. Pierce '95, an East Campus resident, had not seen the proposal, but his comments were representative of student opinion. "I would certainly be happy if Pritchett would be re-opened. It's a good alternative to have Walker food all day," he said.

Some students, however, were not interested in eating at Pritchett. Betty F. Nguyen '97 said, "I'd rather have Walker's hours expanded. Somehow grease all night doesn't appeal."