Students received ten more transfer meals this semester, which raises the total amount from fifteen to twenty-five.

For students on meal plans, transfer meals are offered in the Dugout located in the Mann Student Center next to the Security Office. It provides sandwiches and “grilled” food, providing the student body with their fried food fix. Since the Dugout stays open later than the cafeteria, students who missed dinner or were unsatisfied with the offerings found in the cafeteria have another option.

Since the beginning of this semester, students heard rumors that this adjustment was in the works, but it seemed too good to be true. Julianna Oates, Administrative Specialist for SDO, confirmed the rumors in an email, indicating that on February 5, ten extra transfer meals had been added to students’ accounts.

Typically, college semesters are fifteen weeks long, meaning students could eat at the Dugout once a week comfortably. For students who have sports practice, student-teaching, late work shifts, or night classes, this was not enough. These students were stuck paying for a meal plan and still missing their meal times. A “black market” of sorts opened for students who never used their transfer meals, to lend theirs out to students who always needed some.

The change was sparked by surveys passed out at dinner asking students what improvements were needed in the cafeteria.  This further reinforces that Pioneer College Catering is listening to our requests as students.

As a reminder, every student starts out the semester with fifty dollars of Cub Cash stored on each Student ID as well. This can be used at either Hebrews Café or at the Dugout. If all the money is not used by the end of the Fall semester, it will carry over to the end of the Spring semester, but not into the next school year.

The Dugout is open for transfer meals Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, and again from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

For alternative meal times due to holidays or school closings, follow Rick Harmon on Twitter at @ENCCommons.