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Why DDS Really Sucks (2/3)

A student describes the true cost of “dining” at DDS:

My perspective of the meal swipes is they are expensive and designed to incentivize people to go to foco [‘53 Commons or Thayer Dining Hall to the older set]. If you don’t like foco, you lose money. On the 5-meal plan, which is the least number of meal swipes you can have on campus, each swipe costs $14.90. The only place it is worth more than $14.90 is at foco from 4:00-8:30, where it is worth $14.95. So if you use all 50 of them at foco for dinner, you will save $2.50 the entire term. It’s laughable.

Anyways, by eating at either the Hop or Collis, you lose money. The meal swipe is worth the most at dinner, only $10.00. A burger with bacon and fries is $13.41. So the meal swipe for which we paid $14.90 only covers $10.00, and the remaining $3.41 gets added on top for a total of $18.31. For a burger!

It is even worse if you go at lunch or late night. The meal swipe is worth less than $6.00 after 8:30, so the total for the burger using the meal swipe is over $22.00.

One last point. at the meeting Plodzik pitched the unlimited plan as a great value. The example he used was that he could tell parents they don’t have to worry about their kids being able to eat, so the implication is it is really valuable, especially for families that aren’t high income.

First of all, no one has ever been turned away from getting food, even if they are out of DBA and meal swipes because it just gets charged to their account (not to mention all the free food offered at daily campus events). Second, the unlimited plan would be the same as the 20-meal plan, which is the most expensive plan at $2,005.00/term — or over $28.00/day. I can promise you that I can feed myself for less than $28.00/day.

I could give you a hundred different examples like this, things that any rational person would think makes no sense. I think it is clear from talking with both Plodzik and the associate director that they are not going to make the meal plans optional, which is what I want (I asked them in the fall, and they said no).

So what do you think it would take for someone above DDS to force them to do that. Is it possible, and if so, who would it have to come from? So who would I have to talk to?

At the Student Assembly event, this student asked Jon Plodzik why he should have to wait an hour in line at the Hop, when he could get a burger for the same money at a restaurant in Hanover. Plodzik responded — if you can believe this — that at a restaurant in town, the student would probably have to wait an equivalent amount of time to be served. “So,” he asked, “what’s the difference?”

Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

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