Wednesday, November 25, 2009

An Open Letter to GVSU Food Service

Dear GVSU Food Service (Or Whoever is in Charge of Hours of Operation),

Hi. I'm sure you don't know me because I'm a commuter who does not have in her possession one of your ridiculously overpriced meal plans, but that doesn't change the fact that I occasionally partake in some on-campus food. Let's have a little chat, shall we?

I understand that the Thanksgiving season is upon us, and that campus is closed Wednesday through Sunday (thanks for that, by the way). However, that means that campus is still OPEN on Tuesday, regardless of the number of professors who choose to cancel class, or the number of students who choose to skip class. Therefore, all dining operations should remain open under normal operating hours. This only makes sense, right? Right. Glad we're on the same page here.

Imagine my surprise when I gather up my belongings, wish Emerson and Thoreau a Happy Turkey Day, and head over to Einstein's for a pre-Thanksgiving bagel treat (pumpkin schmear has cocaine-like qualities. all except for making you skinny...) and see no signs of life within the building. (Side note: Kudos to you for putting an Einstein's on campus. Pure genius.)  Yes. Einstein's had closed for the holiday break.

At this point I would like you to be aware that I was only two-thirds of the way through my day of classes. Yes, I was part of the unfortunate souls whose professor did not cancel class. I also was part of the unfortunate souls who've used up their allotted absences in said class (due to swine flu,  flu like symptoms,  going out on Tuesday nights with friends) and had to sit through a 3 hour lecture on Hamlet and King Lear. But I digress...

I walked all over campus trying to find a beacon of light from a dining establishment. Convenience Cubed is a misnomer; these stores' hours were nothing but inconvenient to my class schedule. Finally, upon walking into the building furthest away from my class, I saw a smoothie station. I had to resort to drinking a smoothie for my dinner. Regardless of how fricken delicious this smoothie was (nice work with the #6 pineapple strawberry combo, by the way) it in no way substituted for that which my tummy grumbled: an Einstein's bagel. And, curses on you for showing me something new and delicious and equally, if not more fattening than my original dinner choice.

Next year, would it be too much to ask to have Einstein's or one of your 'convenience' stores open until 6pm? I didn't think so. KThanks!



Lauren said...

Campus Dining Hours of Operation for GVSU:

Kirkhof is open until 11pm service lots of different meal including Subway. The C3 Express in Mac is open until 8pm serving salads, wraps, etc. Fuel underneath Fresh Foods is open until 8pm serving lots of meals as well -- Hope that helps!

Ashley said...

Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, on the day before campus closed for Thanksgiving break (Nov. 24th) the C3 Express wasn't open and neither was Fuel - I double checked. Fresh Foods may have been open, but I wasn't about to pay over $9 for a quick meal.

Thanks for commenting, though!