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To-go meals at Dillin pose obsolete

 

Students receive emails every month about the most recent changes to Dillin Hall.

Surveys are also sent out by Sodexo asking students’ opinions and feedback.

Though they are listening to what we want, our needs have not been met and yet, a to-go system is nowhere to be seen.

There are many days that I will have to be studying 24/7 and would wish that I could just quickly get something to eat to bring back to my dorm room.

To do this without the cooperation of the Dillin staff, involves either smuggling a sandwich covered by napkins out the front door or casually carrying plates of food out the back. This seems quite extreme.

Not only is there not an option for students that are too pressed for time, but there is no way to get food to people who are unable to make it to Dillin.

Sure, they have an option to get to-go food if you are sick, but I don’t think anyone really knows how to use that in the first place.

In order to get these boxes you have to call the Dillin office and tell them that you are sick.

You then need to get a friend to bring your ID card to a manager and then they will get you some food.

Also there are people who can’t physically get there.

With spring sports starting up, there are a lot more injuries occurring and that means more people who won’t be able to get to Dillin Hall.

For people who have something broken or suffering too much pain to get out of bed, there is no way to get them food.

From a personal experience, a staff member was asked last week if food could be brought to a friend that couldn’t make it to Dillin due to injury.

But then they explained, “That if they were here yesterday, then they could come here today.”

Believe it or not people’s conditions can change in less than 24 hours.

When people are unable to get food, there aren’t any conventional ways to do the balancing trick of carrying large bowls and plastic cups without anyone noticing.

Sure, they are already technically paid for because every student on the meal plan pays for two of every piece of silverware and dishes, instead that money should be used to invest in to-go boxes.

First, people wouldn’t be stealing school property and then we could use this money to benefit everyone.

The to-go situation needs to be fixed.

We spend so much money on each meal that we should be able to actually eat every meal.

Stephanie Hofmann / Sports editor

Stephanie Hofmann can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

Students leave Dillin Hall underutilized

When most people think of places to study, thoughts automatically go to the library, Starbucks, Fred Meyer Lounge and dorms or apartments.

More often than not, Dillin Hall is not thought of as a prime place for stu- dents to go study. A reason that contributes to this is the fact that few students realize that the hall is open until midnight.

The Catty Shack and adjacent coffee/sandwich bar in the hall are both open for students until midnight Monday through Thursday.

If one was to come into the dining hall during the evening, they would find a few Sodexo employees working the coffee counter

and Catty Shack. As for the dining hall, there might be a couple of friends study- ing for a test while enjoying a coffee or a sandwich.

If you are looking for a quiet place to study, this is the place for you.

When looking around, it becomes clear why the hall is not used as much as the usual Fred Meyer Lounge or library.

Freshman Kayla Moore, a student employee in Dillin, said that she believes the hall isn’t used as a study space mainly because not a lot of students know that it’s open till midnight.

“{I} enjoy studying in Dillin because it’s quiet and the tables are big enough that if you are studying for an exam on your own or in

a group you can lay out all of your materials,” Moore said.

Moore also finds that on an average night, there are about five to seven stu- dents that will come and study during the evening.

Some drawbacks for studying at Dillin when walking around the hall was that there aren’t very many outlets to plug in your laptop to.

There is still hope for Dillin to gain more students in the evening hours.

Something that students may notice during the day when they are eat- ing at Dillin is that there are many groups that use the conference rooms for meetings and for lunches or dinners. Dillon will peri-

odically advertise that student groups and clubs can use the Northwest Alcove or two of the other conference rooms to present a project or have a catered team dinner.

Since the hall is spacious enough, it could definitely be a great place for large groups of students to come study for midterms, finals or any exams they might have.

One thing that remains certain is that Dillin is a great place to study for anyone who needs a quiet and central location. It’s also a great place to go if you need a coffee or quick bite to eat before you study.

-The Review Editorial Board

New year, New Changes

Over the summer, major renovations have transformed the dining facilities across campus.

Dillin Hall is serving up more options, Starbucks has taken the place of Jazzman’s and Catty Shack is in the process of being turned into a convenience store.

After years of regional and national surveys, the dining facilities have been renovated to cater more to what students want around campus.

As for Dillin Hall, there are now four additional food stations each night, more hours of operation and “all you care to eat” meal plans. The previous salad bar has been expanded, a toss-to-order salad and deli station, waffle and omelet station and a “day and night station” that will serve Stumptown Coffee, espresso and grab-and-go items.

Five additional cooks have been hired and there will be more than double the number of student workers helping out this year compared to last year.

“When you have more help, you can put more love in your food,” David Epping, Sodexo employee, said. “The food already shows it. Dillin also has more of a restaurant feel to it now. It’s going to be really fun watching the students experience all of the changes this year.”

There are three meal plan options for students to choose from. Plan A includes unlimited meals during the week plus $125 declining balance, plan B will have 12 meals plus $330 declining balance and plan C will have 100 meals per semester and $600 declining balance.

Junior Malley Nason explained the new meal plan system in relation to blocks. Instead of a certain number of meals per week, students can eat during any of the three blocks; breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“Students will be able to add money to their declining balance for Starbucks and Catty Shack,” Nason said. “I think the new dining hall and meal plans are going to be a really good change for students, it will just take time for everyone to adjust.”

In addition to Dillin Hall, a fully licensed Starbucks is now open. The Starbucks accepts Wildcat Cash, Flex Dollars and Starbucks gift cards.

Tori Nickerson is one of ten student workers who will be working at Starbucks this semester.

“I already enjoy working at Starbucks because of the people I work with,” Nickerson said. “The atmosphere is awesome because of the items from [Linfield’s] Old Oak, the [Linfield College Archives] Photograph Collection and lots of seating. Its corporation taste and a small school environment.”

Catty Shack is currently serving as storage for items from the summer construction. Eventually, Catty Shack will be turned into a convenience store that sells “sundry items.”

Bill Masullo, director of dining services, says that the changes will mean more opportunities for students. He is excited about the renovations and thanks everyone for their patience as facilities continues to fine tune the different dining facilities.

Sarah Mason / Copy chief

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