Mandatory MealPlan Issues
By Brian Goessling
Since my previous article on the changes made withthe meal plans at the University, SGA has beengetting almost constant complaints. Many studentsfeel they had no voice in the choices that now requireundergraduate, full-time students to pay $250 asemester.Because SGA feels many students are receivingincorrect information regarding the changes, they arehosting a discussion from 11-1 today at the SAC multi-purpose room; University officials and representativesfrom Sodexo will be present.The changes to the meal plan are a result of changingthe company that handles food services at theUniversity of Louisville. Like parking, food serviceshas been a problem for a long time. Students feel theyhave limited options for dining establishments, highpremiums to buy food on campus, and too short of hours of operations, especially notable on theweekends for those that live on campus. Sodexo hasalready started to implement some changes, which
affects Speed School the most by closing down Mitzi’s
while renovations take place.However to make improvements, it takes money, andas part of contract negotiations it became necessaryto add the meal plan changes. Though it is probablytoo late to change the plan, waivers will be availablefor those who have justifiable reasons not toparticipate in the meal plan. Information onrequirements to be considered for this opt-outprocedure are forthcoming.It is important to note that the mandatory meal plan isonly for on campus residents and undergraduate full-time students. So soon-to-be and current graduatestudents rejoice! Hopefully the changes are worth itand worthwhile for the student body.One thing is sure, with higher tuition and a troubledeconomy, students are not willing or able to pay moreand more. It will be interesting to see how SGAresponds, especially when the price for food oncampus is expected to increase as well (assumablywith the quality of food provided).
October 20, 2008
Which will you choose?