After reading the statistics posted in The Tech about the membership of the Campaign for Students (notably, 39 percent from East Campus, 8 percent from Random Hall, 6 percent from Burton-Conner, and 3 percent from dorms with house dining) I am going to speak as a member of one of the dorms with a dining hall.
Stop trying to dictate my dining habits.
We operate an almost a democratic system, not a fascist system where the belief that I should waste an additional 3 hours a week shopping and cooking would outweigh my desire to effortlessly eat as much food as I want and run.
I’m not speaking for the other members of the dorms with dining halls, because I know some who are opposed to dining changes and some who are just plain apathetic. I personally find it ridiculous that CFS, a vocal minority, continues to feel like their opinion should completely trump any and all other opinions. The administration has listened; otherwise they would make all undergraduates who live on campus buy into a meal plan. From their perspective, that would be more economical and in line with what other universities do. Instead they are just changing four dorms. They are still offering a choice. Is that not what a free system should do? Last I checked, one of the tenets of the CFS was to make sure that the students had a choice of where to spend their money. Give me my choice to live in my expensive dorm and eat as much as I want. (I would have added “and get fat,” but my metabolism and skateboard don’t seem to allow that).
— A. Andrew D. Jones, III ’10