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Tufts Dining Services should cut prices when it cuts services

Published: Monday, February 27, 2012

Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012 07:02

As of this writing, trays are removed from the dining halls, but they remain in the Commons, where students must pay for each individual item. Plastic bags are removed from Hodgdon and Jumbo Express, but remain in the bookstore. Hodgdon now does, however, sell reusable canvas tote bags. Water bottles are no longer sold in Hodgdon but are still sold in the Jumbo Express convenience store, where students must pay for each individual item. And, as has long been the case, there are no paper towels in dormitory bathrooms, but there are paper towels in every publicly−accessible area at Tufts.

Tufts University Dining Services is not a charity. It must stay afloat, and that means it must sometimes cut unnecessary costs. If removing trays from the dining hall really keeps Dining Services out of the red, then students can live with that. The simple fact remains that Dining Services once provided goods that made the lives of students easier and more convenient, at no extra charge, and now they no longer do. The students deserve an explanation of how many dollars and resources are being saved, and how their money is being spent. Moreover, Dining Services management owes such information to their paying customers.

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Jonathan Danzig is a senior majoring in international relations and spanish.

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