Cafeteria Food Complaints
The meal selection at Cairn University has been described by many as “mediocre” and “subpar.” Since the inception of “Pioneer College Caterers” at Cairn University, the students have been fairly displeased with the food that is being offered at meals. From moldy bread, rotten fruits, unhealthy selections, poor kitchen management, and meals names designed to spite students (Pasta Del Grande), students are growing tired of the inconsistency in the cafeteria.
Alas, two specifically fed up students took it upon themselves to publically showcase the poor quality of the cafeteria food. Enter the formation of #boycottthecaf: a hashtag trending among the Cairn community. This is a result of the creation of an Instagram account with the sole purpose being to expose the poor quality of the food (follow them on Instagram @cairn_foods). The public exposure of the food generated both positive and negative responses from the population.
“The quality of the food in the cafeteria is lacking. The attention to detail can be borderline appalling from the moldy bread and bagels, the sloppily put together casseroles, the undercooked eggs, and the burnt chicken. There are bright spots here and there. The baked apple desserts were good, and there were eggplant sandwiches…ones that I would even consider paying for in a restaurant. Overall, my satisfaction with the cafeteria is below par.”
Benjamin Chapman, a senior Health and PE major at Cairn, as well as a food service employee himself at “Preps Pizza” on the boardwalk in Ocean City during the summer, had this to say about the complexity of the food in the cafeteria:
“The cafeteria would be better enjoyed if they served more basic foods that let the students create their own meals. I’m tired of seeing casseroles made from random foods that were served the previous day.”
Many students at Cairn University rendered similar thoughts regarding the food, citing that the school forces them to be on the meal plan if they are a resident. When all the math is completed, all resident students pay $6 per meal at Cairn University, assuming they attend every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Due to the lack of quality in the food, students are inclined to complain.
Despite the vocal distaste for the cafeteria, a handful of students garnered a negative reaction to the #boycottthecaf buzz. Many of the student workers in the cafeteria have taken offense to the public shaming of the cafeteria food, calling the creators of the Instagram account “immature” and “entitled.” The most common defense of the food in the Cairn cafeteria that I have heard is, “Well, there are people starving in the world, so you should be appreciative that you have any food at all.”
In my humble opinion, that type of thinking is illogical, blasphemous, and downright far-fetched. If you are so concerned with all the starving people in the world, my suggestion would be to start a petition that would allow the leftovers from Pioneer College Catering to be given to the homeless around the inner cities, if that is what you are truly upset about; however, my guess is that you’re not bent out of shape about it. You should probably allow Cairn students to publically voice their displeasure, considering privately doing it has achieved nothing in the past.