With the university always looking into new ways of generating income, they have clearly missed a wonderful entrepreneurial opportunity why not open a savings and loan company right next door to CentreSpot?
This way students could both talk to a financial planner and take out a sizable loan before entering the food emporium. This should thrill housing and food services, as they could exploit students on both the food prices and the interest payments. What a concept.
While this satirical proposal may seem a bit extreme, it illustrates a point. Food services, through its monopolistic campus stranglehold known as CentreSpot, have been ripping off students for far too long.
With few available options for quick on-campus dining, CentreSpot is one of the only viable choices. However, after a single meal at this dodgey cavern, the term "lunch money" will have a whole new meaning. In fact, it is nearly impossible to purchase any of this "sub-par" fast food (with a drink) for under $7. Outrageous!
In an institution which is filled with tuition-paying students, every effort should be made to give them a break. Instead, the concession stands in CentreSpot raise their prices well beyond those found at the same restaurants which are located off campus. The charlatans at food services have created an environment inhabited by starving students which make the prices at SkyDome seem reasonable.
Now, as Ian Armour and crew attempt to let students use their meal plan at the two University Community Centre bars, food services worries about the impact on business at CentreSpot. Thus, they are proposing a 15 per cent surcharge which will equate into a proportional raise in food prices at these two establishments.
The reason food services is nervous and are, thus, proposing such a ridiculous increase is because they are rightfully scared. Both The Spoke and the Wave offer pricing, service and quality which surpasses CentreSpot by a country mile. While the food at the Spoke is of comparable quality to CentreSpot's, it averages about $3 to $4 less in price. The food at the Wave, for about a dollar more than CentreSpot, offers unparalleled quality on campus. At least these two organizations have respect for the student dollar.
The problem with the meal plan issue is that students who use it are left little choice but to deal with the overinflated prices of UCC's CentreSpot.
While this may appear to be an issue of little consequence, it remains simply unfair that busy students who spend a lot of time on campus must endure this kind of nonsense when trying to get a bite to eat in the building they own.