Breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch, the simple things in life college students ask for.
If you go around campus and ask students residing on campus if they enjoy the cafeteria food, you are bound to be bombarded with enthusiastic no’s and an enormous amount of complaints. At the end of the day, the food is provided for the convenience of the students, so should it not try to satisfy its customers’ needs and desires?
The staff that work in Chaminade’s food locations on campus are not the problem. We are blessed with great people who work hard and are always extremely helpful to each and every student. The problem lies in the actual food. Chaminade has a contract with ARAMARK food services, and so the company and workers provide a great deal of the food products and recipes. At Chaminade, some cultural food is available sometimes like kalua pig or shoyu chicken; however, not all the time. For the most part, staples like burgers, fries and pizza are always available, and the menu is fairly predictable.
“I love when local food is served here,” said sophomore Dominic Cooks. “When something different is in the café, it usually is a good thing. The café can be really repetitive.”
Sometimes it is the monotony of the café that really gets to the students.
“I used to only eat salad with lemons and ranch, and chicken burgers,” said senior Demyla Rodriguez. “I don’t have a meal plan anymore because I was bored by the food and I felt like I wasn’t getting my money’s worth.”
The food is lackluster, at best, and I dread going into the café every day. For students like me that are not from here and do not have transportation to get off campus, we are all stuck eating the food day in and day out. The head chef has tried to change up the menu with a healthier eating station and soft serve ice cream, but the choices are limited and the lines are long. If you are like me and stick with the staples each day, you end up eating the same burger, which is not even good to begin with. Most of the food tastes like cheap, microwavable food that can be found in most frozen food aisles in America.
If you were to go into the Silversword Café for lunch, you would pay $10, and for dinner, $15. This is a school, not a restaurant. Those prices are ridiculous for what is available. There is no gourmet food being served; rather, it is cafeteria food that could be found in some prisons. In 2008, Florida’s prison system fined its food provider ARAMARK $241,000 for over staffing and supply issues,” and ”277 inmates said they became sick last month after eating chili” (St. Petersburg Times, May 2008). It’s not hard to find a solution to this problem and honestly I believe nobody cares about it to actually do something. If both parts in the problem Chaminade faculty and ARAMARK food services get together and pay attention to what their feeding students I think they both would agree its time for a change.
“At the end of the day, I don’t think students are getting value for their money,” said junior DeAndre Haskins. “And for a private university, I think the standards could and should be a lot higher.”
Leary, Alex. “Inmates say prison food made them sick.” St. Petersburg Times. May 13 2008. http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/state/article501936.ece