Service cuts kill appetites

Hungry? Why wait? Because the Orange Room is no longer the one-stop-shop it used to be.

After not being open the first two full weeks of school, the Orange Room finally opened for business the last week of January. However when I entered the facility, I was surprised by the numerous changes.

No longer are there fountain sodas. Patrons have to either buy a bottled drink or get a slushy. No longer are combo meals available so customers must purchase each item individually.

Most importantly, the Orange Room no longer opens until 10 p.m. Now it closes at 5 p.m. each weekday and is closed all weekend.

This small restaurant used to be a place where students could grab a quick bite to eat at almost any time of the day and do it inexpensively. It is centrally located on campus and used to provide a wide variety of menu items. It was also open until 10 p.m. for students with late classes.

But I guess offering those amenities wasn’t important.

Or maybe management enforced these changes to push students to frequent the new food court, which has proven to be a great waste of money. Students don’t want a Twister or a personal pan pizza every day. They want a burger, fries and a soda.

Hmm … something the Orange Room offers, what a coincidence!

The food service coordinators need to consult the student body because their amendments are benefiting no one.

But until then, I guess the only thing to do is wait for the next campus building to close. How about from now on the library shuts down at 8 p.m. daily.

Dominique Drake is a sophomore business student from Cleveland. Contact her at