Students are speaking, and Student Life is listening.
Student Life and Aramark conducted surveys and focus groups a few months ago to get student feedback on food changes at Corban. Students were honest and open about their concerns.
Now Student Life and Aramark are making changes regarding food services on campus. These big changes were announced in an email and at informational meetings. Another informational meeting will occur tonight, April 19, at 6:15 p.m. in SC210.
Students expressed that they would like to have more available times to eat throughout the day. With these thoughts, Student Life came up with 5-day and 7-day all access plans. Basically, these plans allow students to go eat at Aramark throughout the day, either Monday through Friday (for the 5-day plan) or every day of the week (7-day plan). Although, there will be specific times when specific meals are present, there will always be some type of food for students to grab. With these all-access plans, students are able to eat as many times throughout the day as they desire. They can stop by to pick up an ice cream cone, then 10 minutes later, make a sandwich.
“We want the students to know that they are being heard,” said Jimmy D’Agosta, director of residence life. Expressing his excitement about the changes, and his eagerness to listen to the concerns of the students he said, “We feel like these changes bring a lot more options for students.”
Along with changes to the meal plans for students living in residence halls, Aramark and Student Life have made changes that allow students who live in the townhouses to have more plans to choose from as well. These plans include fewer meals per week, but more Warrior dollars. Junior townhouse resident Becky Buhler said, “I do not eat [at Aramark] very much, so it will make more sense to have smaller plans, and I’m excited about more Warrior dollars!”
So how do students living in the residence halls feel about the all-access plans?
“I am super excited for the flexibility this new plan is going to offer!” said Freshman Kyle Croft. “Won’t it be nice to eat when you are hungry? When you have time? When your body is screaming ‘Eat’?” Students like Croft are why Student Life and Aramark have decided to make the changes to the meal plans.