Survey prompts meal plan changes
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 22:10
University Dining Services eliminated meal trade time zones on campus and enabled meals in the Howdy plan to role over every month, instead of expiring after 28 days.
Mohamed Eldamaty, meal plan supervisor for dining services, said the decision was influenced by student feedback from a campus wide survey distributed
Both changes went into effect
Eldamaty said the cancellation of time zones was due to problems with students wanting to eat more than one meal in the same time zone because of class schedules and time restraints.
“Time zones allowed for one meal for the breakfast time zone, one for lunch, one for dinner and one for late night,” Eldamaty said. “However, certain meal plans had some problems with this because students were not getting the full benefit of their plan.”
Eldamaty said the Howdy plan was changed because students had issues with the system.
“Students didn’t want to use their meals to avoid dealing with system issues,” Eldamaty said. “Their meals were just sitting there unused. By removing the restriction, we are trying to adjust and listen to what students want.”
Some students say there is still room for improvement. Christa Walker, sophomore psychology major, said she is happy dining services is listening to the student voice, but still has problems with the meal trade system.
“The changes don’t go far enough,” Walker said. “The meal trade options are still limited and have less healthy options. I don’t think the fight for change will stop until we go back to using dining dollars everywhere like last year. Anything less is robbery.”