As hungry college students, the Catty Shack is crucial to our survival, especially when the late night munchies hit. After the recent change in Catty’s hours, many students have been left to walk farther across campus to the now open-late Jazzman’s.
Catty now closes at 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 10 p.m. on weekends. This is quite a big change from last year, when it closed at midnight Monday through Friday, 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday.
To make up for this difference, Jazzman’s is now open until midnight Monday through Friday, 9 p.m. on Saturday and midnight on Sunday. Jazzman’s used to only be open Mondays through Fridays until 4 p.m.
We found this change to be ridiculous when students tend to prefer food over coffee late at night. Although Jazzman’s has some food, it doesn’t have the same selection that Catty offers. Plus, Catty also carries coffee. In addition, it has more living necessities than Jazzman’s; if a student needed Band-Aids, they could get them there.
While this change might not seem like a big deal to an outsider, many Linfield students have expressed annoyance because of the new hours.
“It is disappointing because I often have cravings for food at night, and Catty satisfied those cravings,” sophomore AJ Wagoner said.
Another sophomore, Rebecca Kropp, said “I feel like it wasn’t advertised very well, and it’s super inconvenient when I want a snack on my way to the library late at night.”
It is similar attitudes like these that have the Review questioning why Sodexo would decide to change the hours of both establishments.
Bill Masullo, Sodexo dining services manager, declined to comment, but did say there will be a campus-wide email coming out this week explaining the hour changes to students.
As some of the upperclassmen here at Linfield may recall, at one point in Linfield’s history there was even a coffee cart inside Nicholson Library in an effort to give students the opportunity to get their caffeine fix.
This, too, makes us question why these decisions are seemingly being made without first gauging the general consensus of students.
Perhaps the hour changes were done in an attempt to save money or even to create more student employment opportunities at Jazzman’s. Will the changes made last all year?
Hopefully, the upcoming email will answer some of these questions and concerns.
-The Review Editorial Board