UA food fee leaves bad taste

UA food fee leaves bad taste

There are 177 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Sep 1, 2008, titled UA food fee leaves bad taste. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

When Wally McGilvray spent $1,850 for a meal plan for her son at the University of Akron this fall, she expected all the money to be available for his food.

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Jim and Tammy Faye

Strongsville, OH

#73 Sep 2, 2008
You wouldn't be stuck with ANY of that

if you were smart enough in the FIRST

PLACE to go to an ONLINE COLLEGE.

Jim and Tammmy Faye Proenza are gonna

STICK IT TO YOU any way they can.
Tired of it

Akron, OH

#74 Sep 2, 2008
Educated Poster wrote:
<quoted text>
Fill a book? Ha. Thanks for the laugh. Are we playing "Fantasy Profession" now?
Your comments are obvious -- you've never run a business. That is very clear by your uneducated comments. Dining Services IS a business. They have a job to do. As another poster pointed out, if there are 2500 students on the food plan, they MUST prepare for 2500 students to eat. If only 1500 students eat on-campus for ONE meal, you expect UA to eat those costs and waste (and the donating food possibility, which they have done, is a non-factor because that is not the point).
So, for three meals, they could be essentially wasting enough food to feed a days-worth of students. If they had to raise prices because of all of this prep-gone-to-waste, you (and others like you) would be criticizing UA for making too much or other excuses in an attempt to hide you being a hypocrite.
Hence the administrative fee. You must not have read that if these students choose to eat on campus, they save $$, not to mention don't lose all of that fee. And campus food isn't what it was years ago. It's ALOT better.
Again, if you had any business sense, you'd know exactly what UA -- or any campus -- is coming from. Your fantasy gig is over. You're clearly a nobody.
Thank you, I think you clarified my post even more. Sometimes I think people get on the bandwagon just to be on it. Especially those who cannot come up with their own ideas. It is also alot easier to point the finger when you have no facts than to defend.
Ak-Rowdy

United States

#75 Sep 2, 2008
City Worker wrote:
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It only weakens it for people who have already made up their minds that Akron U can do no wrong.
What is this suppose to mean? Does this statement have any valid point?

Please, why should a university that students plan to attend not charge a disclosed fee for a service that is made available to all students with a dining plan?
Deathdue to taxes

Schaumburg, IL

#76 Sep 2, 2008
This entire state is out of control! Taxes, fees and so on and so on.

No wonder businesses and people are leaving by the thousands!

Wake up Mr. Stricklen and Mr. Fisher.
yep

Massillon, OH

#77 Sep 2, 2008
Educated Poster wrote:
<quoted text>
Speak for yourself. Your comments show how stupid you truly are. Not everyone comes out of college being a loser like you.
Just because college didn't do a thing for you and you can't get a real job doesn't mean others can't. Oh, and by the way, you can kiss my self-made, self-taught, wealthy self-speaking feet anytime you are ready to bow your run of the mill ordinary self.
City Worker

Dayton, OH

#78 Sep 2, 2008
Educated Poster wrote:
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Fill a book? Ha. Thanks for the laugh. Are we playing "Fantasy Profession" now?
Your comments are obvious -- you've never run a business. That is very clear by your uneducated comments. Dining Services IS a business. They have a job to do. As another poster pointed out, if there are 2500 students on the food plan, they MUST prepare for 2500 students to eat. If only 1500 students eat on-campus for ONE meal, you expect UA to eat those costs and waste (and the donating food possibility, which they have done, is a non-factor because that is not the point).
So, for three meals, they could be essentially wasting enough food to feed a days-worth of students. If they had to raise prices because of all of this prep-gone-to-waste, you (and others like you) would be criticizing UA for making too much or other excuses in an attempt to hide you being a hypocrite.
Hence the administrative fee. You must not have read that if these students choose to eat on campus, they save $$, not to mention don't lose all of that fee. And campus food isn't what it was years ago. It's ALOT better.
Again, if you had any business sense, you'd know exactly what UA -- or any campus -- is coming from. Your fantasy gig is over. You're clearly a nobody.
Interesting how you and others say that Akron U has to be ready to serve 2500 meals since they have 2500 meal-plan students, but let AU "slide" on their practice of having 10000 spaces for 15000 parking permits.

Since: Aug 07

Jackson Twp.

#79 Sep 2, 2008
Do the math - $1,850 divided by appx. 110 days on campus for the semester is about $16 per day for food that is prepared and served to the student - with no effort required on their part other than to show up and eat it. That's about what it would cost to eat three meals at McD's everyday (blech). Seems pretty reasonable to me.
yep

Massillon, OH

#80 Sep 2, 2008
City Worker wrote:
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It only weakens it for people who have already made up their minds that Akron U can do no wrong.
You are wasting your breath. This person is clueless and out of touch with reality and that hard work is what makes the world go around, not sitting in a college classroom wondering what is for lunch that mommy and daddy paid rediculous prices to obtain because they are too lazy to get a job and buy some ramen pride on their own dime, meanwhile they are daydreaming about joining an orginazation so they can practice existentialism because they like being the very degenerate that has ruined this country and their parents retirement livelihood.
City Worker

Dayton, OH

#81 Sep 2, 2008
Ak-Rowdy wrote:
<quoted text>
What is this suppose to mean? Does this statement have any valid point?
Please, why should a university that students plan to attend not charge a disclosed fee for a service that is made available to all students with a dining plan?
The point is that the only people likely to be offended by the term "legalized robbery" are the ones already in the Akron U camp(in other words, they think Akron U can do no wrong), so it doesn't matter if the term "legalzied robbery" offends them.

And that fee is not for a "disclosed service" as you called it. It's for a non-service--that is, a student being able to not eat on campus, yet assuring the Universiity it will still make the money anway.
yep

Massillon, OH

#82 Sep 2, 2008
Educated Poster wrote:
<quoted text>
Speak for yourself. Your comments show how stupid you truly are. Not everyone comes out of college being a loser like you.
Wow, is this the kind of intellectual debates that college taught you, loser and stupid? If i were your mommy and daddy, i would demand my money back and pronto.

“I'm just saying...”

Since: Jul 08

Orrville

#83 Sep 2, 2008
City Worker wrote:
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The point is that the only people likely to be offended by the term "legalized robbery" are the ones already in the Akron U camp(in other words, they think Akron U can do no wrong), so it doesn't matter if the term "legalzied robbery" offends them.
And that fee is not for a "disclosed service" as you called it. It's for a non-service--that is, a student being able to not eat on campus, yet assuring the Universiity it will still make the money anway.
Do you work for the city of Akron city worker? I ask because I have seen you post from both Akron and Youngstown ISPs.

What do you do for the city?

Just wondering...
Ak-Rowdy

United States

#84 Sep 2, 2008
City Worker wrote:
<quoted text>
Interesting how you and others say that Akron U has to be ready to serve 2500 meals since they have 2500 meal-plan students, but let AU "slide" on their practice of having 10000 spaces for 15000 parking permits.
This is normal practice for universities. All 15,000 drivers are not on campus at the same time, it would be pointless to have one parking spot per permit.

Actually, 1.5 permits per space is not bad. I believe that OSU is roughly 5-6 permits per space.

“"It is what it is..."”

Since: Dec 07

Akron, Ohio

#85 Sep 2, 2008
City Worker wrote:
<quoted text>
If you're paying $10 for lunch while working, you need to:(1) find a new place to eat (2)start bringing your lunch.
Like you, I work for the city....but working a 24 hour shift we are unable to go out for lunch.$10 a day gets us lunch and dinner which we go to the grocery store everyday and pick out 2 meals...that also buys coffee, spices, sugar, pantry items and things like that. It would probably be more expensive for me to pack my lunch for every shift.
Ak-Rowdy

United States

#86 Sep 2, 2008
City Worker wrote:
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The point is that the only people likely to be offended by the term "legalized robbery" are the ones already in the Akron U camp(in other words, they think Akron U can do no wrong), so it doesn't matter if the term "legalzied robbery" offends them.
No, legalized robbery is a term used by people, such as yourself, who do not have a strong argument, thus need to stir up emotions, i.e. comparing the university to criminals.
And that fee is not for a "disclosed service" as you called it. It's for a non-service--that is, a student being able to not eat on campus, yet assuring the Universiity it will still make the money anway.
I never claimed it was a disclosed service, please do not misquote me. I said it was a disclosed fee for a service that is performed for the student who has a meal plan.

The university is not making money. The university is covering it's costs. Big difference there. Please tell me the last time the U of A turned a profit?

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#87 Sep 2, 2008
Justified or unjustified... Do you find it the least bit interesting that suddenly the Leakin' Beacon has become the hero of the little guy on campus, the bastion of investigative journalism, when it comes to UA? Why, it wasn't that long ago that UA was do-no-wrong in their book. The old mantra: Don't harm the sacred cows of our city, for goodness sake (equal to Goodyear and city parking decks in iconic status).

Mebbe ol' vindictive Sponge Don now has his own personal bought-and-paid-for pitbull turned loose upon the campus, following his foulmouthed foray with Dr. Proenza a while back.

"I'll show YOU who I am, and who runs this town!" (Inebreated hissy-fit icon here)

Now, ask the Beacon to check out who's doing the work at Sponge Don's new castle, and who's footing the bill.(If only Brown Street were done as quickly.) Nope. Won't happen.

Gotta love the Leakin' Beacon. Where Pravda left off...
A concerned neighbor

Akron, OH

#88 Sep 2, 2008
City Worker wrote:
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But if they WANT to, it should not cost them $450 to do so.
What about getting an on-campus only meal plan and paying cash when going to off-campus vendors once in awhile? Wouldn't that be less than $450 a semester? If you spend less than $28 a week off-campus you'd save. Of course, the student has to be responsible enough to budget the extra money and not spend it on non-food items too.
Ed Haas

Heath, OH

#89 Sep 2, 2008
City Worker wrote:
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The point is that the only people likely to be offended by the term "legalized robbery" are the ones already in the Akron U camp(in other words, they think Akron U can do no wrong), so it doesn't matter if the term "legalzied robbery" offends them.
And that fee is not for a "disclosed service" as you called it. It's for a non-service--that is, a student being able to not eat on campus, yet assuring the Universiity it will still make the money anway.
As a former student, and worker in the University of Akron dining services, I have abosolutely no clue what you're assuming/talking about. They bend over backwards for the students there and have one of the FINEST dining halls in the country and has come MILES from the not-so-good years of the early nineties. The choices, the quality, and the settings dictate the cost. Go take a tour sometime, eat a meal, and you'll see just how good they got it. Fresh pasta with fresh basil, tomatos, and a wonderful creamy alfredo sauce, ALL cooked and prepared right in front of you, and that's just a sample of the variety of food they've offered now. I guess some of the residency hall kids don't understand just how good they have it.
A concerned neighbor

Akron, OH

#90 Sep 2, 2008
For those of you who always think the University of Akron is sticking it to the students, did you compare with other schools? I know the article mentions the OSU plan and the lite KSU plan. Look at Kent's prices at: http://www.kent.edu/dining/DiningPlans/compar...

I notice they only offer a 20% discount instead of UA's 25%. If the BJ wants to address the issue of the cost of meal plans, they should at least do a thorough story and compare to other schools. How much of a story is it when everyone does it?
watching in summit county

United States

#91 Sep 2, 2008
Meals wrote:
It sounds like the Republicans are at it again. Only rich republicans, who get rich on the work of blue collar democrats, can afford to eat now. Obama 08!!!!
what the hell does this have to do with anything? are you confused again? go ahead and vote for obama then he will take your money and give it to your lazy neighbor so they can eat. have at it moron.
COMMON SENSE

Lakewood, OH

#92 Sep 2, 2008
$1,850 for two semesters of college food? I'm a single guy, and I spend more than $1,000 LESS THAN THAT to eat for an entire YEAR!! Can you say "rip off????"

Kids, get a box of cereal for breakfast; or better yet, take the money from mom and dad and JUST SEE what $1,850 will buy you at Giant Eagle. You'll be eating prime rib or filet mignon three times a day for that outrageous money.

Where does UA get off? This is so utterly appalling, it's criminal.

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