Dining Services Branches Out

By Jouy Thomas

Chattanooga, TN (UTC)– UTC’s food services is opting for a new communication avenue to better communicate and reach out to students.

Retisa Redmond, a member of the food services committee, said that because it is difficult for food services to reach out to students the committee will design a Facebook page to keep students aware of what is happening.

The committee’s purpose behind creating the Facebook page is to keep students perspectives and reactions involved in department changes.

The page will include information about changes in hours, new menu options, and upgrades to current facilities, according to Remond.

Although the student body may want another dining facility on campus, budget concerns make it impossible to construct a new facility at the present time.

Dining services is considering replacing the current burger company, Grill Works, according to Redmond, however no plans are final.  “If there are any new facilities, it will be mentioned on the Facebook page,” Redmond said.

Dining services is currently making changes to better serve students, according to Remond.  Hours of operation for the UC food court will change on holidays such as Martin Luther King Day and Labor Day, allowing students to visit the food court, when before the facility was closed.  “These changes will take place this fall,” Remond said.

Recently, dining services began opeing Subway station in Campus Crossroads to bring more revenue.  Redmond said the extra funds will be able to ease the pain of budget cuts that everyone is feeling.

Geraldin Cosper, an Aramark employee said that one more eating facility on campus would be helpful.  Aramark is the company that is contracted by the university to manage dining services.

“The food services committee works hard to accommodate students,” Redmond said.  “However food services has a budget that they have to stick to.”

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