New meal plan could take effect next year

Butler students may be seeing a change next school year based on student feedback about meal plans and dining services.

A proposed meal plan would allow for unlimited entry into the residential dining halls during the meal blocks. There would be no restriction on the number of swipes during the meal block.

The meal exchange program would also be eliminated under the proposal, and there would be an increase in flex dollars.

Student affairs and the Butler Cuisine Bureau have proposed this new “all-access” meal plan to the Student Government Association and are waiting for responses and opinions before the plan can become official.

Sally Click, dean of student services, who acts as a liaison between student affairs and Aramark, said that in order to make the meal plan official for next year, they must hear back from students.

One of the main issues addressed was student feedback detailing how students want more flexibility when it comes to dining services and meal plans.

The current meal plan, which was established in 2006, offers four different block plans with varying numbers of meals per semester, with increasing numbers of flex dollars as the meal number decreases.

Click said that this change would accommodate students’ needs based on all the feedback that has been given.

“Why wouldn’t we want to give you guys what you want?” Click said.

This new plan would help spread out the traffic during the typical lunch and dinner rushes. It would also allow students to come and go when they want.

Kyle Frantz, chair of the Butler Cuisine Bureau, said they looked at the current meal plan and asked if they should keep it the same or change it.

The Butler Cuisine Bureau traveled to other schools to see what works the best there.

The Butler Cuisine Bureau then took the most common feedback issues and came up with the proposed plan.

“The overall goal [for this change] is convenience for the students,” Frantz said.

Some students have voiced concerns about the proposed plan.

Colleen Quilty, a sophomore gender, women and sexuality studies major, said that she would end up using all her flex dollars.

She said she is also afraid she wouldn’t use all of the meal swipes.

Maggie Rybarczyk, a sophomore communication sciences and disorders major, said she thinks this change is a good idea.

She said it will increase mealtime convenience.

“For students that don’t eat during the lunch rush, like [my roommate] and I, it’s more convenient,” she said. “It will give students more flexibility with what they want to eat.”

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