By Renee Etcheberria |Staff Writer|
Midterms are well underway and students are flocking to the pub to unload, yet the issues of broken ovens and no specials seems to have more of an impact then most would realize.
Unfortunately, this quarter the pub (or Blue Coyote) seems to be a forgotten commodity.
The ovens have been broken for the last five weeks. This is unacceptable. The pub is a place students come to unwind a bit, whether it’s between classes or when the day is done.
The broken ovens are leaving students without some of their favorite items like the pizza bread and potato skins. As a result, students are resorting to having to order items that cost more like sandwiches and salads.
Secondly, there are no specials going on. The pub has been known for their one dollar specials on tacos and hot dogs; there are also specials on chicken wings which were under three dollars.
Not only do those cheap specials keep students and staff alike coming back, they keep the pub exciting. They give the pub some diversity, making students curious as to what will be next.
These current issues have made an impact on pub goers and the overall business. Students have become disgruntled and frustrated because they voice their opinions to various outlets yet nothing has nothing has changed.
Unhappy students cannot be beneficial to the business of the pub. Although there may not be a simple solution to the problem, something has to be done otherwise students will become fed up.
The faces behind the counter are not to blame for such issues. Warm and welcoming, Trudy is the familiar face keeping a handle on all pub orders. From pouring beer to placing orders, she is efficient.
Trudy isn’t a one woman show however, there are other hardworking staff that work diligently to make your pub experience as enjoyable as possible.
Among the issues of broken ovens and lack of specials, the CSUSB pub committee has been working to improve all aspects of the pub.
CSUSB former chair to the pub committee and alumni Troy Mondragon expressed that they initially worked to improve the atmosphere through décor and expansion of seating. Now they want to work towards developing ideas to better food services and entertainment.
The committee hopes to bring back entertainment like karaoke and buzz time games, which seemed to be very successful last year. Overall they want the pub to be a go to place on campus, a place where students can take break from school.
“My main focus is to ensure that students past, present and future have a place to take a break… a place where they can study, hang out with friends or just watch a game,” said Mondragon.
For students wishing to address their concerns they may contact Mark Day, head of the Santos Manuel Student Union.