By Levi Elkins
At the beginning of the 2019 school year, the McPherson College Dining Hall changed their hours. In previous years, the Cafeteria was open for two hours three times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. If students had a busy schedule, they could borrow a to-go container to take food with them. However, this year the Cafeteria has adopted an open schedule. They open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. on weekdays. When students were asked for their opinion on the new schedule, many said they were relieved to not have to rush to fit breakfast or lunch in with their busy schedule. The new schedule is making many people happy.
Late night is also a welcome sight. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Cafeteria serves late night snacks. So far, the offerings have ranged from burgers and chicken to a taco bar. This year has led to quite a few improvements to the menu and the availability of the Cafeteria. Many students are happy with these changes and hope more will follow.
Another notable change the Cafeteria has made this year is that individuals on a food plan can no longer scan more than once a meal, due to the students having an unlimited plan. This means no one can scan others in using their meal plan. Of all the changes made this is the only one that has been met with some negative criticism. Many students were using this to pay for friends or family that came into town. Or if someone forgot their Student ID, they could still eat on another friend’s meal plan.
Whether students are taking advantage of the new cafeteria schedule or not is a major point in the further changes being made. However, this is considered by many a step in the right direction.