The John Jay dining hall renovations neglected to take into account the safety and health of workers.
Columbia College Student Council representative Peter Bailinson, CC ’16, wrote on Feb. 22 that Columbia Dining spent a staggering $5,000 on Nutella in the first week it was offered.
Dining is looking to increase profit at Café 212 next year, perhaps by keeping it open only five days a week or cutting back the hours it is open. It might also transition from offering full meals like pasta and sandwiches to serving as a convenience store for students to get grab-and-go snacks.
Columbia has historically pressured Dining Services to serve students' needs and the Nutella Affair is an untapped opportunity to change dining for the better.
A spokesperson for Dining Services said that the University spent $2,500 on Nutella in the first three to four days it offered the chocolate treat in February but that since then, the cost has dipped to $450 per week.
Since Dining started offering Nutella in Ferris Booth last month, administrators have observed a high demand for the sweet spread—up to 100 pounds per day.
The new plan, designed to accomodate students staying on campus over breaks, comes after discussions between Dining and a CCSC representative as well as a petition to keep dining halls open during break.
A new student petition urges Columbia to keep dining halls open during breaks, but administrators say increased meal plan costs would make the proposal infeasible.
In choosing where to eat, we need to remember that we have options.
Columbia's dining services are way below par.
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