Based on student’s responses to their Dining Service Survey and complaints voiced at recent meal plan focus groups, Bon Appetit and Auxiliary Services have made meal swipes available at four of the locations in the new Tinkham Veale University Center.
Starting on Wed., Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., students will have the option of using up to two meal swipes per week at Melt University, Pinzas, 8Twenty6 and naan. Swipes can be used after 2 p.m. on weekdays and during all hours of operation on Saturdays and Sundays.
There will be three specials each available at Melt University and naan, and four available between Pinzas and 8Twenty6.
The program is currently a beta test, which will be reevaluated after winter break to see whether it is feasible to continue for the spring semester.
“If Bon Appetit sees that there is a great need for it, then it will continue,” said Jacob Ma, the USG vice president of student life. Based on comments at USG’s recent meal plan focus groups, Ma worked with Bon Appetit and Auxiliary Services to speed up the process of bringing meal swipes to TVUC.
“We had seriously considered this for the next academic year,” said Beth Nochomovitz, Director of Auxiliary Services. “But there was significant interest by the students this year.”
“If everyone is happy and it works well, we have every intention of continuing it,” she added.
The first bundle of meal swipes will be available from Dec. 3 through Dec. 18.
Students will have the option of swiping at Melt for a Case Western barbecue sandwich with fries and a fountain drink; a pick two combo with a drink; or a soup and salad with a drink. At naan, they can swipe for any entree with two sides, one condiment and a drink; any entree with one side, one condiment, naan and a drink; or any three sides with two condiments, naan and a drink. At Pinzas and 8Twenty6, they can swipe for a pepperoni or cheese flatbread with a small side salad and a drink; any build-your-own pasta bowl with a small side salad and a drink; or a meatball roll, small side salad and drink.
Options will change on Dec. 19 and remain that way for the rest of winter break. If the program continues into next semester, options would change each week, and would be available on Bon Appetit’s website.
“I hope the students will enjoy it,” said Nochomovitz. “We look forward to input from the students on how to continue.”