The Catty Shack’s frozen yogurt machine broke down earlier this year, leaving its menu, which once displayed frozen yogurt treats, unlit.
But the decision concerning whether Linfield will pay to fix it or to purchase a new one is up in the air.
General Manager of Linfield Dining Services Bill Masullo speculated that repairing the machine would cost $6,000-$8,000 and replacing it could cost as much as $14,000.
“I just report the facts: Here’s what it costs to repair; here’s what it costs to replace,” he said. “We’re at a crossroads where we say does it make sense to fix this machine and does it make sense to replace [it].”
But the college owns the yogurt machine, which Masullo said makes treats similar to Dairy Queen’s blizzards. Sodexo simply uses it.
Junior Wesley Allegre, Associated Students of Linfield College Senate campus liaison committee chair, said students don’t purchase enough frozen yogurt products to offset the cost of replacement or repair.
“If we went to the administration and said we want a new yogurt machine, [Masullo] would give his perspective, and his is that it doesn’t make sense,” Allegre said.
Masullo said he has statistics demonstrating its lack of use. Retail Supervisor Shawn Fisher, class of ’10, said the frozen yogurt machine sees seasonal use, but even when the weather is warm, it’s intermittent at best. He said it “just depends on the day.”
“In my three years now at Linfield and my two years on the meal plan, I got a frozen yogurt once,” junior Rachel Coffey said.
Coffey asked about the machine’s absence at the Sept. 27 ASLC Senate meeting as a proxy for the Math Club senator.
She said she heard contradicting rumors circulating about the machine. She said she thought the machine had always been working, but others told her it had been broken for years.
Coffey said more confusing rumors exist about the repair being Sodexo’s problem because it didn’t actively turn in work orders to the school about fixing the machine; however, she said she’d also heard that the school just wasn’t doing anything about the issue.
But Allegre and Masullo both said that the machine’s fate will depend on student voice and use.
“People don’t realize that Sodexo, even though they are a company and are trying to make a profit, is trying to sort of appease us, and they are willing to do it,” Allegre said. “Students just need to make it known what they want. They just complain.”
Allegre said Masullo is brainstorming ideas such as placing coffee options on the now unused menu hanging in Catty Shack.
He said this will increase awareness of the venue’s espresso machine. Allegre also said Masullo is increasing other ice cream novelty items in Catty Shack to compensate for the lack of frozen yogurt.
But Masullo insisted that nothing is set in stone.
“Unless we get any people that want to participate in these programs, we’re doing it for us,” he said, referring to Sodexo employees. “It’s up to you to play.”
Students can discuss food services at Food Committee meetings at 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. Masullo said the best way to give input is to meet with him in person.
Kelley Hungerford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.