OPINION: Marywood needs to step up its food game


Ashlynn Gallagher

Listen, Marywood, when it comes to on-campus dining, changes need to be made. If I have to eat one more overpriced breakfast sandwich I just might lose it.

Let’s start with the Learning Commons Café, my go-to spot as a commuter. To say I was upset when the build-your-own wrap station was removed is an understatement. I’m a simple woman and I don’t ask for much. That’s why creating my own wrap after a long morning of classes was always the highlight of my day.

I am somewhat of a picky eater, so having the freedom to customize my order was always ideal. The fact that my only options now are to order a pre-made sandwich that is usually full of ingredients I don’t like, order soup or get a breakfast sandwich makes my blood boil.

I know there are other options on campus like Nazareth Dining Hall and the Atrium, but I am a broke college student. At Nazareth Dining Hall, commuters have to pay $10 for breakfast, $11 for lunch and $12 for dinner. If I paid that much every single day, I wouldn’t be able to afford my books. Sometimes you just want good food cheap and that just isn’t it.

It is also important to mention that Nazareth Dining Hall got rid of its vegan station and many students are not pleased. While this doesn’t directly affect me because I rarely eat there, I think student’s opinions should’ve been taken more into consideration before taking it off the menu.

At this point, the Atrium is the only thing we have going for us, but that is a hike and a half, so on a busy day where you need food fast, it just isn’t an option.

I would like to point out that the University of Scranton has a Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks on campus. Yes, their tuition is more than Marywood’s so that may have something to do with it, but I think that the least we can do is start incorporating more menu items.

If you don’t want to open up a new dining location and you aren’t going to upgrade your current ones, then here’s an idea. Contact some local restaurants nearby and see if they are willing to give Marywood students a discounted price for delivery.

The consumption of food is pretty important when it comes to being a well-functioning college student. There have been days where I’d skip breakfast or lunch due to the lack of options on campus and I don’t think that is acceptable.

Maybe I’m just being picky, but I know I am not the only student who feels this way about our dining situation. In order to be a successful university, students’ wants and needs must be heard. What do we want? Better food. When do we want it? Now.

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