The Prospector (Helena, Mont.) 1916-2015, April 28, 2004, Image 2

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FROM THE EDITOR t My daily grind: Lack o f quality options for off-campus students BY SARAH MESSINGER Editor Hate making decisions in your life? If so, there is a place on campus that can help you out. The coffee shop located in the Cube has made it quite possible to avoid any decision making. The Daily Grind, adequately named as my teeth are grinding in irri­ tation every time I venture in, has suc­ ceeded in pushing me to my limit. When hunger fills my stomach, I like having choices. Tomato soup, turkey sandwiches, salads, anything that is freshly made. Preferably not junk that is filled with preservatives. Good luck finding it at The Daily Grind. A few weeks ago I went to The Daily Grind craving something nutri­ tious; it was dinner time after all. Ha! As I walked through the door, I was bombarded by empty refrigerators: no salads, no fruit, no sandwiches. In disgust I turned to where the baked goods were kept. Again, there was nothing. “What am I supposed to eat?” I asked. “Frozen burrito?” came the reply. I turned up my nose in disgust. Last time I checked, frozen burritos were not considered a complete meal. Anyway, I ended up walking to Thriftway in order to spend my money on some food that my body would be able to properly digest. I believe that everyone deserves a second chance, so I tried The Daily Grind once again. It was as if the heavens had opened for there was food in the refrigerators! There was a salad that looked espe­ cially appetizing. Turkey, ham, Ched­ dar, Swiss cheese, and hard boiled eggs covered the lettuce. My heart fluttered in happiness. Starving, I took a huge bite of my salad. Once again, disappointment flooded me. Along with the lettuce and dressing was the disgusting crunch of egg shell. Well, unfortu­ nately for me, I have a weak stomach, so the trashcan enjoyed my dinner. This year I have been living off- campus and it does not seem that The Daily Grind has been doing its part to make students feel that they should spend time and money on campus. If students living off-campus had opportunities and choices to spend their money on appetizing food on- campus, I can guarantee they would. Just in case the food services have forgotten, students living off-campus are not required to buy a meal plan. Right now, with the food quality of The Daily Grind, where most of the meal plan is spent for off-campus stu­ dents, why would they? This is a suggestion: improve quali­ ty and the profit will increase. If I would have had a place to spend my $200 of flex money on cam­ pus that satisfied my stomach, I most definitely would have bought a meal plan. Since I am speaking about flex money, may I take just a moment to mention that Carroll students seem to have lost some of their spending opportunities with flex money. Last year, we had the choice of spending our flex money at Staggering Ox. Delicious sandwiches, soups and salads. It may take some effort, but why not benefit restaurants around town and have the flex money be available places besides The Daily Grind? I recently made the decision to move back on campus next year and I must say that I am not looking for­ ward to eating at The Daily Grind. Not to mention my lack of choice, I must also deal with shelling out more money. A soda from The Daily Grind will cost me $1.19 when I can walk downstairs and feed a machine $1. Attention to The Daily Grind, this is pathetic. Carroll is a small school, but we all spend a lot of money to be here. Give us choice, give us quality. Is that too much to ask? With that said, have a great rest of the year. Good luck on finals. Congratulations to the graduates. And, of course, have a wonderful summer enjoying some good home cooking! Daily on-campus mass locations and times Weekday Masses Time Location Weekend Masses Time Location St. Charles Chapel Sunday 6 p.m. Guadalupe Pastoral Borromeo Chapel Center St. Charles Chapel 10 p.m. St. Charles Chapel Mon. - Fri. Mon., Wed., Fri. Wed. 8:15/11:10 a.m. 12:10 p.m. 10 p.m. T h e P r o s p e c t o r A student publication of Carroll College Joseph Camozzi E d itor in C h ief Patrick Couture Sarah Messinger Keila Davis A d v e rtising D irector Erin Dibaia Vanessa Lanz Mark Espanda Faculty A d v iser Stephanie Fitte Prof. Brent Northup Eamon Hansen Design Jackson Kearns Jessica Saunders Bobby Lewis G r a p h ics Sean McDonald Joseph Camozzi Michael McMahon G o p h er Ashley Moore Sherana Polk Manabu Ozawa S taff R eporters Kate Wilson Shawn Baune Mark Bisaccio Photographers Tim Bowman Katie Stiel Fr. Lowney The Prospector welcomes expressions of the views of its readers. Letters must be signed and must include the address and telephone number of the writer. Letters are subject to editing for brevity. HOW TO CONTACT US: Mail your letters to Carroll Prospector; Saints Central #251018; 1601 North Benton Avenue; Helena, MT 59625 or e-mail us at: Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. carroll students get a large one top. pizza for only $6.99 delivered ^#^lll 2. or visit us at across from the mall WEDNESDAT.’APKIL 28, 2004 ■ • • VOLUME 8 7 ,'NO. 7

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