By Cosette Shachnow
Director of Dining Services David Gaul has been working for the past year on significant “enhancements to the [dining] program.”
Most recently, students have noticed the Continuous Dining Platform, which allows students to eat at West anytime between 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and at Upper between 11 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Because of this continuous program, it is no longer necessary to rush to breakfast at West at 9:59 a.m. Students short on declining balance also do not have to purchase every snack at Dutch.
However, only the grill, deli, salad bar, continental fare, beverages, pasta, pizzas and dessert will be available during the hours West and Upper were previously closed.
Perhaps the biggest change is that students are no longer limited by three meal swipes per day.
However, students must remain cognizant of how many swipes they use each day so that they have enough for the week.
Although thus far Gaul has noticed only “a slow trickle of students” into the dining halls during off hours, he believes more students will take advantage of the service.
In fact, students seem to be delighted with this new Continuous program.
Brendan Callanan ‘14 said, “I’m so happy about continuous dining because I no longer have to miss meals in between classes, work and meetings.”
Many colleges are implementing the Continuous Dining Platform, and this change places Union’s dining program on par with those of other colleges.
Although Gaul said that the current dining “program offerings are strong, with grea-t, competitive staff,” he has plans to further enhance dining services.
Gaul hopes to educate students about Union’s vast offerings, including Dutchmen Dollars, and managing declining balance online.
Gaul also requests that students take advantage of dining services through visiting his office, or by leaving comments in the suggestion boxes near every dining establishment.