Clark’s Watergate: New Cafeteria Policy Moves Cups

New cafeteria policies this quarter have made accessing water slightly more challenging for people.

When the McClaskey Culinary Institute opened in 2017, students had access to a water fountain, in addition to fruit-infused water dispensers with cups on the side. The water fountain also served as a convenient place for students to fill up their water bottles.

Water cups will be regulated by cashiers to prevent dishonest customers. (Karina Garcia/The Indy)
Water cups will be regulated by cashiers to prevent dishonest customers. (Karina Garcia/The Indy)

At the start of Spring quarter, a new policy was implemented taking away the fruit-infused water and moving the water cups. A sign was posted by the cashiers’ stations, stating that students must now ask cashiers for water cups and that water bottles could be filled around the corner in Gaiser Hall.

The culinary institute installed a Pepsi machine in the place of the water fountain. Students can purchase disposable cups for soda from the cashiers for $1.49.

According to Becky Lindsay food service operations manager, the policy change was in response to dishonest customers in the past, she said. Lindsay declined to comment further on the matter.    

In response to the newly implemented policy, the Indy interviewed students in the cafeteria about their opinions on the matter.   

Olga Karasev, a computer science major, said that she finds it annoying to ask the cashiers for cups, but that she will get used to the change.

Karasev admitted that she occasionally forgets that the cups are no longer available. “I was going to grab a cup of water today but remembered the cups weren’t there,” Karasev said.

While the new policy has gone unnoticed by many, some wondered why it was implemented in the first place.

Daniel Gutierrez, 24, said that although he did not go to the cafeteria much himself, it did not seem fair to take away the fountain without first warning students about the change.

“It just seems like an unnecessary change,” Gutierrez said.  

Bakery work-study student, Anetta Krugliko said that although she does not care for the new policy, the bakery had been running low on cups.

“The bakery pays for the cups themselves so they don’t want to lose money,” Krugliko said.

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