Upper and lower changes

Whitney Winter, Staff Writer

As a freshman here at WSC, I have come to learn that I’ve been spoiled from being raised on quality, family-butchered beef and chickens, as well as, a lavish diet of meat and potatoes. My family and I enjoyed farm-fresh eggs every morning and garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. My meals were flavorful and not processed, unlike the common meals prepped in the upper dining hall.

With the recent changes in upper and lower dining halls, I consulted some upper-classmen in the search for knowledgeable opinions. Sarah Smyth, a junior, finds buying meals in lower are a challenge.

“Since there are not preset meal combos as previous years, finding meal items within the limited budget can be difficult,” Smyth said.

I find that the budget allowed in CATS Corner is unrealistic with the outrageously priced food items. You can’t buy a transfer meal without going over budget; if you want a customized pizza, drink and chips, it’s roughly $10-12. Katie Stukenholtz, also a junior, agrees with my opinion of lower.

“Lower is now an inconvenience due to the wait times, overpriced items, and limited meal transferability,” Stukenholtz said.

I’ve been told that the campus has switched pop companies, which I didn’t mind until I went to purchase a Dr. Pepper, lo and behold, it’s not provided!

“The switch from Pepsi to Coke products has upset a number of individuals on campus, myself included,” Kaitlyn Winter said.

WSC offers Mr. Pibb which is the cheap tasting, knock-off of my beloved Dr. Pepper. This is one of my biggest pet-peeves, not having named brand items marketed on campus.

I come from a family where they salt everything, so when my sister, Kaitlyn, said the fries in upper are not pre-salted, I jumped for joy.

“I like that they do not salt the fries, that way I can either put on regular salt or their special seasoning,” Winter said.

Stukenholtz brought up a dilemma with the absence of dietary information for food in upper. I did not realize that this could be a problem until she pointed out that there are a lot of people that suffer with health problems and need to know the nutritional facts of foods.

“With upper’s switch, there is an annoyance with their dietary information cards. Instead of saying multiple nutritional facts, the cards only display the calories. As a Type 1 Diabetic, it is important for me to know the amount of carbohydrates I am consuming. Just having the calories creates issues for many individuals,” Stukenholtz said.