Nutella fiasco highlights college dining hall problems

When walking through our dining halls, it's clear that Boston College students love a lot of things: Chobani yogurt, frozen yogurt, cheese steaks, omelettes on the weekends, and the new Chocolate Bar.

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Courtesy of BC Memes

What if Nutella was introduced in the dining halls?

According to The New York Times, Columbia University is facing a problem of too much demand. Columbia students consume more than 100 pounds of Nutella every day, Columbia College Student Council representative Peter Bailinson told the The New York Times.

Nutella is an Italian hazelnut chocolate spread, which was introduced in the undergraduate dinning halls of Columbia University at the beginning of February. Students reportedly would finish one jar of Nutella in one sitting when under pressure and stress from midterms and finals. The consumption costs the university $5000 a week, according to the Times.

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Photo courtesy of felipelmatador/Flickr

Moreover, the tempting exotic chocolate spread lures students into stealing. The rumor is that students use cups, jars, spoons and soup containers to take the delicious chocolate spread back to their dorm and anywhere else on campus.

Bailinson told the Spectator, the newspaper at Columbia University, students feel entitled because of the price of the meal plan. “When you’re paying that much for a dining plan, some people feel a bit more entitled to taking things from the dining hall," he said.  Columbia charges students $22514 per term for tuition,  and $ 2363 per term for dining services in the form of a meal plan.

This situation draws a parallel to life at BC, which charges students a flat rate for a meal plan. BC charges first-year students $21, 570 per term for tuition, $2, 234 per term for the dining plan. These figures do not included the $3895 boarding fee and $175 in residential dining bucks. It is not unusual to see students carrying a whole fruit in their pockets without paying for it. This type of stealing seems to be something that is common in university dining halls.

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So why does theft happens on campus? Many students think that the dining plan is too expensive. “I hope that there can be more options for students such as Asian food, such as dumplings, la mian and fried rice. Also, I know that Boston University, employs a 'dining pass', which is all you can eat by one pass.  It is more convenient than our service, which charges each item we buy. The dining bucks should be around $1500,”said Wenting Xu, A&S’ 16.

Donny Wang, CSOM’16 said, “I think the dining service is pretty good though it’s expensive. Ten dollars is acceptable for dinner and 5 or 6 dollars for breakfast. Last semester I spent $13 for my breakfast and $35 for my dinner at one time and didn’t have any money in my account a month before finals. I think a dining pass is a better choice, especially for food lovers."

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Other students have different opinions. Tess Edwards, A&S’16 said, “The dining plan at BC is little bit expensive. We have to spend more than $2200 here. However, I totally understand that food and service can cost a lot of money for the dining service at Boston College.”

 

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