Morss Hall Opens Late Night ServiceBy Gabriel J. Riopel
The Department of Housing and Food Services introduced new late night hours at Walker Memorial's Morss Hall yesterday to provide more dining opportunities to students living at East Campus and Senior House.
Menu offerings at Walker's late service will closely resemble those of the closed Pritchett Snack Bar. Hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, buffalo wings, chowder, and frappes will be served at Morss Hall Sundays from 7 to 11 p.m. and Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
The facility will be closed on Friday and Saturday nights because of conflicts with other activities scheduled in Morss Hall, according to the General Manager of Food Services Robert McBurney. But he noted that any further schedule conflicts that would require the closure of Walker's late night services will be publicized in advance.
"We are working together to try to alleviate the bumps in the road," he said.
According to McBurney, "Late Night at Walker" will provide needed food service to the east side of campus until the Pritchett Snack Bar reopens sometime next fall. Pritchett is currently being renovated, he said.
McBurney said that students living at East Campus and Senior House lacked an evening dining facility, while students living in west campus dormitories had enough evening dining options.
East Campus President Tariq M. Shaukat '94 was pleased that late night dining services are now being offered at Walker Memorial. But he stated his disappointment that scheduling problems prevented opening the facility on Friday and Saturday nights: "I'm happy that they are moving forward with Pritchett and hope to see it re-open next fall," Shaukat said.
Students demanded night services
The efforts of East Campus residents and Shaukat were very influential in establishing the new hours, said John T. McNeill, associate director of food services. The new services at Walker are just part of the ongoing process of renovating Pritchett and establishing permanent late night dining services on the east side of campus, he said.
Walker will be staffed almost entirely by students but will be supervised by Food Services. The MacGregor Convenience store and Next House's evening dining services are already student-run. McBurney said that by increasing student involvement in the dining facilities, students may feel that the services are theirs.
"We are trying to listen to students and customers and provide what they want as much as possible," McBurney said.
This push for increased service also includes "Val-U-Meals" at many of the dining halls. Val-U-Meals will provide a complete meal for a single price to enable faster service and "value based" pricing, according to McBurney.
Another new service is the MIT Faculty Club, which will now be open to faculty and graduate students during lunch hours Monday through Thursday. However, it will not be open to undergraduate students, McBurney said.