With five classes, hours of homework and living up to high expectations, college students have plenty to worry about. Eating, however should not be one of them. St. Bonaventure University needs to reevaluate what it feeds students and when it feeds them.
Consider the woman working the closing shift as a cashier. Or the senior in class until 9 p.m. Consider the athletes who spend the day traveling and don’t return until 10 p.m.
The university has failed them twice–the hours dining halls are open and the quality and variety of food provided after 6:30 p.m.
Students pay between $458 and almost $3,000 for a meal plan. After 6:30 p.m. the main dining hall on campus stops offering hot meals. At 10 it closes. After paying such high prices for a meal, students deserve a variety of food. Not just until 10. And certainly not only during an allotted time slot.
But a peanut butter sandwich or cereal is your best bet after “dinner hours” end. If you don’t make it there by 6:30, you’re not guaranteed a quality meal. You can’t even be sure you’ll get fresh milk.
In this instance, St. Bonaventure has failed to consider the difference between the lives of administrators and students. Many college students do not live a 9-5 schedule. Work, studying and classes often consume their days.
The university needs to provide hot, healthy meals after 6:30 p.m. and extend dining hall hours until 11.