Survey says: cafe is sub par

After a long day of classes, all I want to do is sit down to a good, hot meal.

So when I get to the cafeteria and have to wait 10 minutes to get a clean fork, the only water available to drink is lukewarm water, or the food isn’t fully cooked, it bothers me.

I know that the cafeteria is far from my mom’s kitchen, so I shouldn’t expect home cooking. However, the food should be easily stomached and at least somewhat pleasing to the taste buds.

I can’t be the only one who feels this way. So, I conducted a survey to be sure.

After surveying 95 students outside of the cafe, it turns out that a lot of people agree with me. Of the people who took the survey, 94 percent agreed that their cafeteria experience was sub-par and could greatly be improved. And of those students, 51 percent went as far as to say that their experiences are usually terrible and a travesty to college dining.

The purpose of the survey was not to condemn the cafeteria, but to hopefully offer some ideas for redemption.

From the survey, some insight about improvements include a larger selection for vegetarians, re-introduce sandwiches for lunch and to simply cook the rice. And then there’s my personal favorite, “more variety of food other than chicken!”

The survey also showed that students also want lines to move faster, cleaner silverware and a more extensive entrée selection.

Some praise is offered to the pleasant nature of the workers and the cleanliness of the cafeteria.

Some students think that nothing can be done about student dissatisfaction. However, I have faith that FAMU wants to keep its students happy and content with their college experience, even when it comes to dining. I am confident that some advancement will be made.

Jeff Wright is a freshman business administration student from Chicago. Contact him at