"As a main dining location for nearly all Oxy students, the Cooler encourages unsustainable practices. Nearly everything purchased in the cooler is unnecessarily packaged. Whether you are buying carrots or slice of pizza, each student is forced to throw away something. I understand the Cooler does not have the capacity to provide reusable plates, cups, etc. without a dishwasher, but the Cooler can make an effort to provide condiments in bulk. I ask that you please put an end to one-time disposable ketchup, mustard, ranch, and mayo packets by installing the same condiment pumps that are located in the Marketplace. Thank you."
We received 9 suggestions that were identical or similar to this one - hmm, looks like a group effort! We hear you, and we're on it! Unfortunately providing bulk dispensers involves a few logistical challenges (if it didn't we'd have done it already, wouldn't we?). We're preparing a proposal to the sustainability fund for the equipment we need. The dispensers are free, but we need a cabinet with counter top to store and display the condiments. And the cabinet will need to be put somewhere in the dining room, because the servery is too congested. A few seats will be lost. We hope to manage this change next semester.
"Very good Meatless Monday meal yesterday! And the quinoa soup was great too!"
Meatless Monday seems to have a big following - thanks for your comments!
"I think it would be a great idea if y'all got rid of the tray holder that is on the patio outside the MP. It is definitely a connivence [sic], which makes it unnecessary. I believe it causes more problems for the staff to support the students laziness; often I walk by and see trays stacked incorrectly, food and silverware spilling over, and then a staff member trying to push it back into the MP to clear it, with all of its contents spilling. I don't think it's too much to ask students to take another 30 seconds to walk inside to turn their trays in, but I DO believe that it's too much to ask the staff to continue cleaning up our extremely messy and disorganized tray holder on the patio."
We discussed your suggestion, and in substance we agree with you, heartily. We wish students would bring their dishes back to the tray conveyors, but don't have much faith that a majority will. For instance, we find many dishes left on the plaza outside the Bookstore, despite signage, and the Tiger Cooler is totally cluttered with debris at the end of any given evening.
From a practical viewpoint, the doors on Branca Patio are awkwardly designed. If we had all students exiting and entering with dishes the doorways would be very congested during rush times. The poor design also contributes to the problems for staff, as the high threshold makes it difficult to move trailers in and out.
We brainstormed other options, and decided to pursue repairing and replacing the latches on the aging carts. If securely latched, equipment would not fall out when moved. This is a winter break project.
Thank you for your concern for the working environment of our staff. We really appreciate it!
Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor