Flowers at the House of Dreams
It’s always fun trying to beat the system. Right now I’m in one particular dilemma with the Dining Plan options at Berry. So the way they have it set up you have Flex Bucks for the food court and coffee and such and then you have d-hall meals. If you live in a traditional dorm you are required to get at least 7 meals a week.
The difference between the Flex Bucks only plan available to apartment-style residents and the “Any 7” plan is $2,828. This essentially boils down to about $10.87 per meal. Now, I know this is kind of an objective statement but I know most Berry students will agree with me in saying it is quite often terrible food. A lot of times I don’t even get that much food. Lunch today was two pieces of mediocre pizza and a glass of coke. There are so many better food options around for the same price, both on a health level and a taste level.
Here’s my situation: My girlfriend is living in Centennial next year, so I will have pretty easy access to a kitchen, and, frankly, I know she’s going to cook quite a lot. I will be living in a traditional hall, however, so the school is requiring me to buy the Any 7 play and fork up the nearly $3k for meals I simply am not going to eat. Ridiculous, yes?
We’ll see what happens, but I really hope I can talk some sense into them but there is simply no reason for me to pay that much for no reason whatsoever.
As a side note, I should probably clarify that this is ultimately an issue with Aramark, the company that Berry outsources dining to. Granted, I don’t agree with them outsourcing food, but it is ultimately Aramark that is to blame for the bad food. I absolutely love Berry! Don’t get me wrong.
So today at work just reminded me how blatantly inconsiderate people can be.
I could rant for days, but I’ll just say if you’re visiting a museum or anything like that, we are allowing you to visit and use our facilities. If you want to be able to do whatever the heck you want, you can buy the place. Otherwise, it’s our terms.
John Henry and The Railroad
Worth the 20 minutes for sure.