By Shapleigh Webster – Copy Editor
It is 10:37 p.m. and I just got off the T from work. Walking back to my room, I think about what I’m going to eat for dinner. I went in at 5:00 p.m., so by now I’m absolutely starv- ing, but I don’t want another Panera sandwich, or Chipotle for the hundredth time this year.
I drop my things off and head to Boom- er’s, my favorite (and only) option this late at night. I arrive, and to my dismay, the line is wrapped all the way around the grill; basketball practice has just gotten out, people studying in the library are hungry, and students like me are just getting back from work.
While I love Boomer’s, it’s not the healthi- est option and I’m annoyed I can only get a sal- ad or quesadilla with a meal swipe. But that’s not the problem.
Some of you may have read my article last semester about how we need to treat the din- ing hall and its employees with more respect, and I still think that we do. But I also believe the dining hall needs to make some changes in regards to hours. Sometimes I’m awake at 6:30 a.m., and I would like to eat at 7:00 a.m., but Valentine isn’t open yet. Other times, like tonight, I’m in the library or at work until 10:30 p.m., and my only option is take out or Boom- er’s, both of which cost money.
I have the silver plan, which means I get 14 meals a week. If I work two nights, that’s two swipes I won’t use. The dining hall needs to have better hours. At most schools it is open until midnight, or like Wellesley College, 24/7. Even if I can’t get an entire meal, give me the option to use a meal swipe, get a bagel, or eat some cereal.
I know I’m not the only one with this problem, because every time I go to Boomer’s it is absolutely packed. Athletes with late night practices are forced to eat fried foods, students with jobs and homework are also limited to Boomer’s late night menu.
At home I don’t usually eat until about 8 p.m., so why does the dining hall have to close at 7:30 p.m.? There’s some food for thought.