Rules in cafeteria too strict

by Whitney Crinklaw, Sports Section Editor

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Cafeteria rules, while ignored by some students, cause displeasure for others. Students should have the opportunity to receive food without having their card available, and/or take food out of the cafeteria.

Sam Swanson, a current cafeteria employee, stated, “The card thing is a little bit of an issue, but some students can only eat what is in the cafeteria, due to things such as low income, or a fixed budget, as a student.”
If students have no other way to gain access to food, except for through the cafeteria, then isn’t it essential for them to have comfort in knowing, they are able to receive that food?

 “I feel that they can change the rule to where you can put in your card number, and be able to take food out of the cafeteria, because after all we are the ones paying for the food,” stated Teniesha Balentine, a Psychology Sophomore at the Neosho Campus.

“The cafeteria should be open 24/7 because most college cafeterias are open and students have full access,” Swanson stated.

Cydnee Piper, a returning student, experienced trouble with this issue last year. Her job of working at the YMCA

made it difficult for her to make it to the cafeteria during the designated time slot.

The cafeteria is only open on weekdays from 7-8:30 a.m. for breakfast, 11-1:30 p.m. for lunch,

and 5:15-7 p.m. for dinner. This in turn made it hard for Piper to eat the food that she was paying for in

the cafeteria due to her late hours.

“The reasons behind the card rule are that it tracks the meals a student eats, lets us know how much food to prepare, and identifies who the student is,” stated Gary Jones, Food Service Director of Crowder College.

However, If the cafeteria rules don’t change, then student attendance in the cafeteria may decrease excessively.
Those who eat at the cafeteria will only lessen, and many more students may find themselves choosing to live elsewhere, rather than the dorms, to prevent themselves

from wasting money on a meal plan that is unable to suit their needs.
If the cafeteria rules were to change, then it is likely that the number of students that eat on campus would rise, and students would feel a lot more pleased.
Students would feel more secure in knowing that their food nor money were going to waste. However, having both food and money used in the most effective way, would make life on campus that much sweeter.