Early last week, Qdoba became a partner with Butler University’s Dawg Bucks program, joining Papa John’s as an off-campus dining option.
Last spring student affairs, Aramark and the Council on Presidential Affairs started working together to add off-campus dining options for students.
Vice President for Student Affairs Levester Johnson said that this idea was the students’ brainchild, and the Student Government Association approached him and Aramark with the proposition.
“The students desired more options and convenience, and they figured that parents will support this,” Johnson said.
The process of adding a restaurant to the Dawg Bucks program ranges depending on what the restaurant is able to do.
“Papa John’s didn’t take too long, but Qdoba was changing to be corporately owned, so it took a year,” Stacey Puck, director of dining services, said.
According to Johnson, the administration is going to collect data from the current restaurants on the options list and from students to find out what else should be added in the future.
“I’m sure once [the restaurants] see the success from this, it should be a no-brainer,” Johnson said.
To get ideas for possible restaurants, SGA sends out a survey to the general student body. Qdoba was the top choice on the latest survey.
Puck said they are interested in getting another partner on board, hopefully something with delivery and late-night options.
Freshmen Kelsey Futter, a pre-pharmacy major, and Ann Zerfas, an exploratory major, both said that since they do not have cars on campus, they would really appreciate places that deliver as partners with the Dawg Bucks program.
Futter said if she could choose, she would have Jimmy John’s as an option, while Zerfas suggested Buffalo Wild Wings or Insomnia Cookies.
Dawg Bucks and Flex Dollars are not the same thing. Dawg Bucks is a fund added onto the student ID through dining services. Money transfers from year to year if it hasn’t been used.
Flex Dollars are a part of the meal plan contracted through residence life at the beginning of every academic year.
This means that Dawg Bucks are not automatically on student accounts, so students or parents would need to put money into the account for a student to participate in the Dawg Bucks program.