By Woojung Choi |Staff Writer|
Many Coyotes do not like the price, quality, or variety of foods offered on campus.
“We are proud to offer a dining program complete with signature brands and menu selections that entail just about every item you can imagine,” according to the CSUSB Dining Services’ homepage.
On the Sodexo CSUSB Facebook page, 13 students have rated the campus’ food and service, averaging a 3.3 out of 5 stars. All of the five, four, three, and two star reviews are not accompanied with comments, however a few one star reviews are elaborated.
“Extremely slow service and some workers need to retake their food safety class to learn about cleanliness,” stated Yousef Ar on the Sodexo CSUSB Facebook page.
Marcos Ordaz described his dining experience on the Sodexo CSUSB Facebook page as “overpriced and cheap food, terrible.”
Depending on the location of where a student consumes his or her meal on campus, either at the Blue Coyote Pub and Eatery, the Coyote Cafe in the Student Union or the Commons, opinions are mixed and vary greatly from one individual establishment to another.
“The Commons is kind of expensive, but it is pretty good, so I guess the price matches the quality there,” said Louie Sanchez.
However, generally speaking, many Coyotes hold a negative view of the foods and services provided.
In terms of health, “Look for these nutrition icons on the foods being served on your campus to help you meet your dietary needs or desires,” according to the CSUSB Dining Services’ homepage.
However, there are some negative voices of Coyotes about the food’s quality and prices from Sodexo.
“I think that the food here on campus is not that much of a variety and all of it is fast food, I would have liked to have a healthier food option like the fruit stand that comes every once a week,” said student Summer Zeit.
According to the Dining Services homepage, they offer healthy alternatives, emphasizing fish as a potent option for healthy living.
However, the food options prepared at CSUSB do not match up with the website’s information. Where is the fish?
“The food doesn’t meet my expectations because I would have liked that the fast food would be more healthy. Not fried or greasy food like Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and WOW,” added Zeit.
Student Adam Ghossein has attended CSUSB for five years and has “become very bored by the food.”
“I moved over to Taco Bell [from Subversions] because of how cheap it is and, I assure you, you get what you pay for,” said Ghossein.
“Bottom line is that we’re already financially torn a new one every quarter when we have to pay for books and parking permits and so on, but if we’re going to pay a lot for our food, we deserve the quality we’re entitled,” added Ghossein.
While I enjoy WOW Cafe on occasion, it is high in calories and generally not very healthy; I hope healthier options will be provided in the future—let’s get away from the fast food.