By Robert Word
For students the Quincy University main dining room is a place that replaces the home cooked meals and local restaurants that some were accustomed to back home and this sets the bar pretty high for cafeteria employees.
Those qualities include availability, convenience, atmosphere, and quality of food. This year the main dining room has undergone a few changes in hope for improvement in the 2017-2018 school year.
In past years students could only use their meal plans in the main dining for a couple hours at a time from 7:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. This made it hard to get food from the main dining room because most students do not eat at the same time everyday and if you missed those times or had class students had to find somewhere else to eat. Now students can use their meal plans in the Main dining room from 7a.m.-7p.m. which makes it much easier for students to eat and gives them the freedom of eating when they feel like it and not feel forced to eat at a certain time. Quincy University student Grace Neema approves of this change and is taking full advantage of the now more available cafeteria.
“I visit the café three times a day for every meal. I like the all access because as a student that lives on campus it helps because I can get food whenever I want,” Neema said.
In previous years the Main dining room had not been a comfortable place for students to enjoy their food and socialize with friends. The dining room was had a strong oder and students say it wasn’t clean. The Main dining room has improved on atmosphere in the 2017-2018 school year. There is plenty of space and different types of tables and seating arrangements for students to choose from.
“The main dining room has been better this year the only thing I would change is I would have some open door seats for those who enjoy the nice weather,” Kadiatou Bah said.
The quality of food in the main dining room has had its ups and downs in past years. Returning students often have had more complaints than compliments for the food they were being offered in the main dining room. Now that has changed many students rave about how the main dining room has improved and they enjoy the quality of food that they are getting. James Calvin said the everyone who worked at the main dining room knew it was time for a change and made a big one.
“The quality of the ingredients we use as well as the way we prepare meals has been almost completely revamped to reflect the fact that we’re really the only dining option on campus and as such have to delivery excellent food every time,” Calvin said.