Flik Mixes It Up in Snack Bar and Forbes
by The Milton Measure on Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Prior to the extended hours, many students were unable to buy food before heading home or to the dorm, as the Snack Bar closed at 5:50. However, with the Snack Bar open an extra 25 minutes, students around campus are able to get food in the Student Center up until dinnertime. Similarly, the cafeteria’s changes have made eating at Milton a better experience with the addition of a pasta bar and vegetarian and vegan dishes. In the past, students, when disinterested in the day’s hot lunch, were limited to sandwiches, rice, and the salad bar, but with pasta now always available, students will always have an appealing hot lunch alternative.
Though the time extension for the Snack Bar seems logical, students and faculty have responded in various ways. Will Hawkins (IV), a day student who leaves campus at six, appreciates the change, noting, “Often I would miss the snack bar because it ended at 5:50. Now I can get something before getting on the bus.” However, most teachers, whether day or dorm staff, leave after school and “by that time, [are] home, hopefully” explains Mr. Michael Lou of the History Department and an off-campus resident. Snack Bar staff member, Diana, when asked if students use the Snack Bar after six, surprisingly replied “Not really, it’s not a popular thing,” later explaining the common choice of students to go to Forbes Dining Hall once it opens for dinner rather than spend money at the Snack Bar. Flik will be holding a meeting soon to go over the results of this change, assessing if it was truly beneficial to extend the hours.
The recent changes mark Flik’s effort to improve their overall dining experience. Mrs. Erica Banderob, residing in Robbins House, shared, “I think that the quality of the [Flik] food has improved over the years.” For most students, the new pasta bar allows for more choices as well as a guaranteed filling meal. Keyon Vafa (I), a fan of the pasta bar, explains that with this addition, “there is seldom a day where I can’t find anything to eat.” However, some teachers disagree with the benefits of the addition. Mr. Lou finds the pasta unhealthy for students to eat so often. With pasta becoming its own daily meal option, students are prone to eat pasta every lunch rather than try the healthier choices offered in the cafeteria.
The pasta bar is not the only new feature in Forbes – vegatarian and vegan foods are more often prepared with the hot lunch and information concerning the ingredients of the hot lunch is being made more available. Mrs. Banderob commented “information about ingredients makes it easier for people to make healthier choices about what they are eating,” later noting the importance this information holds for people with allergies. Also, the meat-free options give students variety in their lunch choices and support healthier meals. Vafa (I) agrees with the accommodations made for vegetarians and vegans, explaining how they make food at Milton another great aspect of the life the community provides, saying, “Everyone should be able to find something they can eat, every single day.”
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