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A College Ready to Expand?

As a student in the late 1970’s, when the College had about 6-8% fewer undergraduates than it does today, I can’t ever recall having more than a dozen people in line ahead of me to get into Thayer. So what it the meaning of the below? A friend took this photo last week:

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Lines to get into the College’s main dining hall can vary by time of day: lunch tends to have longer lines than dinner apparently. And while the queue can move along, why should harried students waste time gaining entrance to an all-you-can-eat refectory?

Hapless Phil’s administration should be fixing problems like this every minute. Gosh knows that there are enough administrators in enough meetings. Why can’t they come up with solutions to nagging issues like making students stand in the rain?

Addendum: The week before last The D ran a nice chart showing the evolution in pricing for meals at FoCo:

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Since 2012, the CPI is up 8.76%, but DDS meals are up as follows: SmartChoice5: +31.9%; SmartChoice10: +17.9%; SmartChoice14: +15.2%; SmartChoice20: +14.0%.

There is absolutely no valid reason why mealplan prices have risen so much faster than inflation. Perhaps DDS is making even more profit than in the past. More likely, it is getting ever harder to afford the fat salaries and plush benefits given to the grossly over-compensated staff. In a better world, the College would turn over DDS to a private company like Bon Appétit Management Company (here and here).

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