Ask Bwog: Why Butler Blue Java Costs More
Written by Bwog Staff
With less than a month to go in the semester, we at Bwog are among the many converging on Butler. If you’ve forgotten to sneak food and drink in, though (a course we
recommend do not endorse), your only source of caffeinated comfort is Blue Java. Strangely, though, the Butler Blue Java prices are even higher than its other locations around campus. Bwog contributor (and longtime coffee muckraker) Jon Hill investigated, only to have Housing and Dining say “We understand your concerns. Please note the prices are a bit higher in Butler due to higher expenses.”
Oh really? How specific! But just what are these higher expenses, pray tell?
Our perseverance got us forwarded onto Michael Novielli, chief of administration of Student Auxiliary and Business Services. Already having been briefed on the company line, Novielli was ready to give us all the details. “The main and only reason is that our cost of doing business at Butler Library is higher. It’s an agreement Dining Services has with the University Libraries and I can’t comment any more than that, but our costs of doing business at Butler are about 10 percent higher.” Novielli refused to comment on any specifics behind the increase, although we’re pretty sure the real reason starts with “m” and ends with “-onopoly.”