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Students petition for more variety

September 26, 2014

 

Students arrive early to get a headstart on the lunch-hour rush in the cafe.

Students arrive early to get a headstart on the lunch-hour rush in the cafe. – Photo by Carter Carroll

Tech president Les Guice answers questions concerning the quality of the cafeteria menu.

Tech president Les Guice answers questions concerning the quality of the cafeteria menu. – Photo by Carter Carroll

 

FREDEDREIA WILLIS
Staff Reporter

 

Some Louisiana Tech students are signing a petition to add food with better quality and more variety to the cafeteria.

 

The petition will be presented to Tech President Les Guice in the next two weeks.

 

The student who is presenting the petition is Kadijah Allen, a sophomore kinesiology major.

 

She said her main goal for starting the petition is to point out the need for the need of better food choices in the cafeteria.

 

“Every time I enter the cafeteria, I am so disappointed when I leave,” Allen said. “I always feel like I’ve wasted my money.”

 

Allen said more than 100 students have already signed the petition and she is hoping for to get more students in the next two weeks.

 

Cafeteria worker Margie Gibson said they only serve what is available on Aramark’s production sheets and would like to serve the students better if they could.

 

“I agree that we should probably have better quality foods and foods that are good for us,” said Cydni Ward, a freshman biomedical engineering major.

 

“But if the petition doesn’t work out I’m still going to be fine with what we have now.”

 

Though Allen is not on a gluten-free diet or a vegetarian, those are just two of the complaints she has gathered from students.

 

Two other students who are in agreement with Allen’s petition are Trey Courts, a sophomore psychology major, and Geoffrey Druin, a sophomore education major.

 

“They don’t have a lot of gluten-free stuff in here and I have a couple of friends who are gluten-free, and they can’t eat here,” Courts said.

 

“They have to pay their $920 for the meal plan, but still have to spend money to eat somewhere else because of the limited gluten-free options.”

 

“We’ve continuously tried to improve on the variety of foods that are offered,” Guice said.

 

“Over time, they’ve done some sampling of what students want. There’s always going to be something we need to improve on.”

 

Guice said it is important for the staff to encourage healthy eating, and they want to make sure they are improving the foods students need and want.

 

“Recently I met with the regional vicepresident of Aramark, and as I recall they are talking about doing another survey to make sure we satisfy the students,” Guice said.

 

He also said he too sees a need for better and healthier foods in the cafeteria to please the students.

 

“It takes you a while to satisfy your hunger when eating in the cafe,” Druin said.

 

“The only reason I eat in the café is because I have to. I’m hoping it’ll get better after the petition.”

 

“I am expecting the petition to shed light on what the student body wants and to provide foods that are healthy and appetizing,” Allen said.

 

 

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