Parents Listserv on Usdan

Here are some things from the parents listserv posted today about what they want to do about Usdan:

– “One suggestion for Usdan (not sure whom to get it to) is to offer points as a discount for eating outside of peak times, and expand hours for that. But the whole things is pretty sad – to open a nice new facility and have it be so small that my son, at least, keeps telling me he’s buying other food… “

– “I discussed budgeting out of pocket expenses with my son, but never imagined that I would have to discuss budgeting his meal expenses. I assumed that room and board fees were adequate for 3 reasonable meals/day of campus dining. At the rate of spending, which is not out of line, he definitely will need more points before the end of the semester. I also agree that the issue of insufficient points included in the board fee is not an issue that I foresee him protesting. I think the lines, and issues with the workers present more of a student participation opportunity while the misrepresentation of costs which are born by the parents should be addressed by us.”

– “I agree with the assessment regarding the cost of the meal plans. I, also never anticipated that my son would be spending upwards of $15/ day on lunch & breakfast. At these prices the initial $686 in points for the eight meal plan isn’t going to last until Nov. 1. My son (’11) was planning to use his work/study money for extras and hopefully for a contribution to future tuition costs to cut down on his having to continue receiving student loans. Now it appears most of the work/study money will go to additional points on the meal plan. Not Right.”

– “I would love to participate in this. I think a student’s bill of rights regarding food availability is critical. They should not have to choose hamburgers or pizza for dinner night after night, simply because that’s all you can get quickly, after a 2-3 hours sports practice. I know students should be involved in fixing this, but it is our dollars and we need to weigh in courteously but firmly with the administration.”

– “Although my son also is not a big complainer and ordinarily does not recommend parental involvement, he says he hopes the parents do something to support the students in letting the school know that the situation is untenable because the school is more likely to listen if both students and parents speak out. I recommend that we request a meeting with the president regarding this issue over parents’ weekend…Although I’m sure the president is being apprised of the situation, it appears from the way things are being presented to us (eg, it will all work itself out, the lines are better, etc) that he may be getting a sugar-coated version of the situation.”

– “I cannot help but wonder what the Usdan family is thinking about all the dining complaints and stated undesirability of the building, at least currently, as a student center. Can you imagine funding the building, having it named after you, and then learning that the building is a source of student disillusionment rather than pride? “

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24 thoughts on “Parents Listserv on Usdan

  1. Andrea

    The parents should not have to get involved, but when we act like helpless babies instead of paying clients, the real clients are going to step in and demand their money’s worth. Parents are getting involved, rightfully, because we are not.

  2. Andrea

    The parents should not have to get involved, but when we act like helpless babies instead of paying clients, the real clients are going to step in and demand their money’s worth. Parents are getting involved, rightfully, because we are not.

  3. Andrea

    The parents should not have to get involved, but when we act like helpless babies instead of paying clients, the real clients are going to step in and demand their money’s worth. Parents are getting involved, rightfully, because we are not.

  4. Anonymous

    I’d just like to throw out that people should not be forced to make unhealthy choices (like just grabbing pizza) because it’s the only way to stay on budget!

  5. Anonymous

    I’d just like to throw out that people should not be forced to make unhealthy choices (like just grabbing pizza) because it’s the only way to stay on budget!

  6. Anonymous

    I’d just like to throw out that people should not be forced to make unhealthy choices (like just grabbing pizza) because it’s the only way to stay on budget!

  7. johnwesley

    i don’t mean to make light of your predicaments. But, do you really think the administration is going to let 1400 (or, whatever number) people run out of food by November? i’m serious.

  8. johnwesley

    i don’t mean to make light of your predicaments. But, do you really think the administration is going to let 1400 (or, whatever number) people run out of food by November? i’m serious.

  9. johnwesley

    i don’t mean to make light of your predicaments. But, do you really think the administration is going to let 1400 (or, whatever number) people run out of food by November? i’m serious.

  10. Anonymous

    Does anyone else feel like a giant baby?Mommy and Daddy will settle everything for you, don’t you worry, sweetie.I know they’re paying tons of money for us to go here, so they _definitely_ need to have a very real say in what goes on. But in this case, they really shouldn’t have to do anything. At least not yet.If the food is overpriced or the meal plan isn’t sufficient, then that’s an issue for students to resolve. And less than three weeks into the year we already have parents involved?If they need to be this involved, just cut out the middle man. We’ll drop the meal plan altogether and just issue each student a bottle and some baby food. Our parents can come feed us.And JW, you are way, way out of touch. If you are that complacent, then why do you even post here at all?

  11. Anonymous

    Does anyone else feel like a giant baby?Mommy and Daddy will settle everything for you, don’t you worry, sweetie.I know they’re paying tons of money for us to go here, so they _definitely_ need to have a very real say in what goes on. But in this case, they really shouldn’t have to do anything. At least not yet.If the food is overpriced or the meal plan isn’t sufficient, then that’s an issue for students to resolve. And less than three weeks into the year we already have parents involved?If they need to be this involved, just cut out the middle man. We’ll drop the meal plan altogether and just issue each student a bottle and some baby food. Our parents can come feed us.And JW, you are way, way out of touch. If you are that complacent, then why do you even post here at all?

  12. Anonymous

    Does anyone else feel like a giant baby?

    Mommy and Daddy will settle everything for you, don’t you worry, sweetie.

    I know they’re paying tons of money for us to go here, so they _definitely_ need to have a very real say in what goes on. But in this case, they really shouldn’t have to do anything. At least not yet.

    If the food is overpriced or the meal plan isn’t sufficient, then that’s an issue for students to resolve. And less than three weeks into the year we already have parents involved?

    If they need to be this involved, just cut out the middle man. We’ll drop the meal plan altogether and just issue each student a bottle and some baby food. Our parents can come feed us.

    And JW, you are way, way out of touch. If you are that complacent, then why do you even post here at all?

  13. Anonymous

    Of course freshman do need some help learning to budget points, but, as a senior who has never before ran out ( I usually have several hundred points left at the end of the semester), I know that I am spending wayyyy too much. Sure, grabbing a pizza every once and a while is a good plan, or was a good plan last year, but now you have to pay 9.50 for a slice of pizza at night. There’s no discount option if you’re on the go (and sick of sushi), especially at night and on the weekends. Also, when we were freshman, our meals covered lunchtime too. 686 points is really, really not enough for lunch alone.

  14. Anonymous

    Of course freshman do need some help learning to budget points, but, as a senior who has never before ran out ( I usually have several hundred points left at the end of the semester), I know that I am spending wayyyy too much. Sure, grabbing a pizza every once and a while is a good plan, or was a good plan last year, but now you have to pay 9.50 for a slice of pizza at night. There’s no discount option if you’re on the go (and sick of sushi), especially at night and on the weekends. Also, when we were freshman, our meals covered lunchtime too. 686 points is really, really not enough for lunch alone.

  15. Anonymous

    Of course freshman do need some help learning to budget points, but, as a senior who has never before ran out ( I usually have several hundred points left at the end of the semester), I know that I am spending wayyyy too much. Sure, grabbing a pizza every once and a while is a good plan, or was a good plan last year, but now you have to pay 9.50 for a slice of pizza at night. There’s no discount option if you’re on the go (and sick of sushi), especially at night and on the weekends.

    Also, when we were freshman, our meals covered lunchtime too. 686 points is really, really not enough for lunch alone.

  16. johnwesley

    sounds like we are slowly making our way back to familiar territory: running out of points and how to avoid it. If so, this is welcome news. People ran out of points under Aramark, too. Frosh in particular, need to be apprised of ways they can mix their favorite entrees with a pizza or a bowl of oatmeal once in a while. And, those $8 fruit salads? How about an apple, an orange and a paring knife? Am I completely off base, here?–JW

  17. johnwesley

    sounds like we are slowly making our way back to familiar territory: running out of points and how to avoid it. If so, this is welcome news. People ran out of points under Aramark, too. Frosh in particular, need to be apprised of ways they can mix their favorite entrees with a pizza or a bowl of oatmeal once in a while. And, those $8 fruit salads? How about an apple, an orange and a paring knife? Am I completely off base, here?–JW

  18. johnwesley

    sounds like we are slowly making our way back to familiar territory: running out of points and how to avoid it. If so, this is welcome news. People ran out of points under Aramark, too. Frosh in particular, need to be apprised of ways they can mix their favorite entrees with a pizza or a bowl of oatmeal once in a while. And, those $8 fruit salads? How about an apple, an orange and a paring knife? Am I completely off base, here?
    –JW

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