On Friday, March 16,Bria Spease, a freshman, andher four friends were eatingat Montgoris Dining Hall,following their daily routine.A while back, Bria hadpicked up one of Montgoris’apples and noticed it hadbrown spot on it. She had noteaten an apple since. But onthis particular day, she decidedto try an apple anyway.
After picking one up anapple from the fruit crates,Bria states that her applecontained a soft part. Shehanded the apple to one ofher friends for their opinion,and was advised not to eat it.
Bria commented, “It just sohappens that it fell out of myfriend’s hand, and the softpart fell straight off. Blackand brown stuff came outfrom the apple. So welooked inside it and it wasrotten and everything.” Thepicture of Bria’s apple hasattracted numerous commentson Facebook as wellas small talk around the campusabout the quality of thefood served to students atMontgoris.
Although some students,like Bria, complain abouttheir unpleasant food experiences,others are concernedthat there are not enoughdietary options available forvegetarians, those sufferingfrom lactose intolerance, andthose who desire to maintaina certain figure. Servingpizza, hamburgers, and pastadaily are not helping studentsconsume protein and vitaminsas is recommended bymost pediatricians and dieticians.Most meals servedthere contain excess carbohydratesand fat, with theexception of fruits, vegetables,and the sandwich station.
Altogether, there shouldbe no excuse as to why thereare these types of absurdconditions existing in a diningfacility. One must alsonote that last year, Montgoriswas one of four dining facilitiesat St. Johns that failed topass its inspections from theNYC Department of Healthdue to several infringementsagainst the city health code.
On Feb. 9 2006, it hadreceived 36 violation points,which is above the cutoffnumber of 28 for failinginspection. It also held thehighest amount of pointscompared to the other threefacilities on campus.Although it passed its mostrecent health inspection, lastyear’s initial failure is clearlyan example of negligence onthe part of the dining facility,although the violations donot correlate with the foodservice.
At the end, we must allkeep in mind that St. John’sstudents, as well as their parents,invest money for thedining facility each year, letalone pay for the tuition.
Serving a cold plate of foodis out of the question, letalone finding hairs on one’splate of food. St. John’s studentsshould at least have theright to enjoy decent and satisfyingmeals during theircollege career.