New dining plan unreasonable

The university’s new dining plan will offer all-you-can-eat meals in exchange for all-you-can-pay bills.The dining plan, which will be implemented next fall, will require students to swipe their ID cards at one of two main entry points in the new dining hall and stay there to eat. Though students can ask for any meal once inside, the food doesn’t leave.

The logic behind the plan is to create a family-style environment – a sense of community among the students – said Rick Flores, general manager of Dining Services. In reality, Dining Services is merely holding meals hostage.

Furthermore, the price tag for the new service is estimated between $1,900 and $2,100 per student each semester. That’s a pricey figure for cafeteria food.

If TCU’s mission is really to educate responsible citizens, the university should aim to teach the students how to spend responsibly rather than outline their budget for them. Set prices for each meal and let students show off their budgeting skills.

Though different rules apply to non-residents, such as the option to pay at the door, they still have no control over the food they’re purchasing. This new system is worse than having to buy a $4 soda at the movie theater when a 50-cent drink from home would accomplish the task.

When students start opting for their favorite fast-food burgers or dorm-cooked meals maybe the university will reconsider its options.

Many students, as well as faculty and staff, don’t have time to sit down and eat a half-hour meal. Between a 15-hour workload and a part-time job, many students catch a quick bite between classes or grab a sandwich and scramble back to their dorms to cram for an exam.

Yes, socialization is a nice idea, but it’s not feasible three times a day. The only thing the new dining plan will accomplish is significant weight loss among the student body.

News editor Lindsey Bever for the editorial board.