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From the Mixed-up Files of Barnard Dining

Another semester, another overhaul in the confusing world of Barnard food politics. Bwog breaks down the changes in Dining Services.

  • Lunch Take-Out: Taking a cue from friends across the street, Barnard Dining Services announced in an email that the new Lunch Take-Out program will be sort of similar to John Jay’s. “When you enter the cafeteria and have your ID card swiped, you will need to print your name and time of entrance on a log-in sheet at the check-in counter,” they wrote. We predict this traffic jams galore. During the 11:30-3:00 lunch period, students will use take-out containers to package their lunches. But because of the new option, “the to-go coolers with pre-packaged salads and sandwiches will no longer be available.” Womp womp.
  • Why now?: Dining Services director Al Sorbera explained that feedback from students spurred the development of the to-go option. “”We work closely with the students who serve on the SGA Food Advisory Board, whose members provide feedback on dining services at the College,” he wrote. “Last semester, the students let us know that the previously provided To-go boxes were preferred over the pre-packaged products.” They really do listen!
  • Rumors Dispelled and What’s to come: Although Sorbera says no other changes are currently in the works with Barnard’s meal plan, rumors are swirling that Barnard access to Ferris Booth will soon be restricted. Sorbera says this is inaccurate, but, when Bwog approached the employee at Ferris Booth’s entrance on Tuesday, she mentioned that Barnard students are no longer allowed to eat breakfast there. For now, lunch and dinner are still permitted as long as students have meal plans. She didn’t know why these changes were enacted. Oof, it’s tough out there in Barnard dining land. In the mean time, eat strong and beautifully!

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18 Comments

  • mike says:

    @mike The fun thing about Ferris is the place is packed and dirty, the food sucks, and the employees could not act more surly.

    1. ferris sucks says:

      @ferris sucks … and to prove they have learned lessons from their first semester under the new dining services regime, Lerner/Ferris/whatever has managed to get worse and worse. this semester’s disaster is far more serious than last semester’s melt-down.

      is this really the best columbia can do?

      shame. shame.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous i was at lerner 2 days ago and they said smaller packages were taking longer to process. mine was big so i got it almost immediately

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I got something overnighted, tracking number said it had arrived at destination two days later, got an email five days later.

  • Agreed says:

    @Agreed E.L Konigsburg is most definitely boss

  • barnard students says:

    @barnard students were never allowed to eat breakfast at ferris.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous anyone else having problems with lerner mail being ridiculously fucking slow?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous It’s the beginning of the semester. Everyone has a shit ton of mail coming in and it will probably take a day or so from when it gets into the building to when it is actually available to you. GET OVER IT. It happens every semester so plan accordingly.

      I hate when people bitch about mail services. The people there are incredibly helpful and nice and most people are seriously rude to them.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Two-day shipping from Amazon – stuff was delivered TUESDAY. Still hasn’t been processed. I’m fine with a day or two delay, but we’re pushing a week here, folks…

  • finally says:

    @finally keeping a move to keep barnard overcrowding of columbia spaces down

    1. Yeah, because says:

      @Yeah, because Columbia kids never come and use Hewitt. Ever.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Hewitt has more room

  • Hewitt says:

    @Hewitt is bc only past 7:45pm in terms of meal swipes.. at 9pm your only option is JJs

    1. Lauren says:

      @Lauren Boooooo. Thanks!

  • Lauren says:

    @Lauren I’m CC, ate at Hewitt around 9 pm the other night, and was forced to use dining dollars instead of a swipe…is that a new thing? Last semester when I ate lunch at Hewitt, it always counted as a swipe. I’m never around for dinner when Lerner and John Jay are open, and am sick of dinners at JJ’s Place, but I don’t want to waste my precious dining dollars for crappy Hewitt food.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous After 9 counts as late night… not a meal.

    2. ferris sucks says:

      @ferris sucks speaking of lerner…. is anyone feeling as angry/disgusted about the closing of John Jay on Friday/Saturday and the subsequent overcrowding at Ferris? Last night (Friday) it was stupid crowded with long long lines and no place at all to sit.

      what’s up with that????? and you only discover how bad it is AFTER you have swiped in!

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