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Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00 am

Texas A&M University has partially relented on a controversial meal-plan mandate that forces on-campus students to purchase plans from a private vendor.

Starting in the fall, only freshmen who live on campus and members of the Corps of Cadets will be required to purchase meals from outsourced dining provider Chartwells. Plans to require on-campus sophomores, juniors and seniors to purchase the meal plans have been scratched.

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9 comments:

  • The Sharponator posted at 12:30 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    The Sharponator Posts: 2

    Shows that not all the chancellor does is well thought out and researched....

     
  • My Observation posted at 1:51 pm on Mon, Apr 21, 2014.

    My Observation Posts: 640

    Tx eagle 2: I had no say either when I was a freshman, I had to buy a meal plan to live in the dorms. The only thing that has changed is that they lowered the quality of the food and made it more expensive. Food services was OK but still sub par. Compass is even more sub par.

     
  • My Observation posted at 1:48 pm on Mon, Apr 21, 2014.

    My Observation Posts: 640

    Elf, you're suggestion to shun the corps because you don't like compass is rather silly and shortsighted. Why should the biggest student organization on campus that's been around a lot longer than you've been alive suffer because of an error in judgement by the administration? A 5th grader could figure that one out. Sharp made a huge mistake with this move (the outsource) and the only person that should suffer is him, with his job loss.

     
  • TexasEagle2 posted at 10:12 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    TexasEagle2 Posts: 807

    Looks like the older students sold out the freshman in this deal...with 4000 new freshman rooms opening in 2016, this is a sweet deal for Compass...Aggie loyalty does not overcome greed on everybodies part...Freshman have no say...they must live on campus and buy the meal plan...welcome to corporate TAMU....thanks Mr. Sharp for another dull plan.

     
  • because posted at 9:39 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    because Posts: 357

    You can buy your books wherever you want. Many books, for example can be ordered from India or China for a fraction of the price.

     
  • STM posted at 8:10 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    STM Posts: 23

    Not sure if the cost of the meal plans listed in the articles are all correct:

    Old plan: 300 meals and 400 dining dollars a semester for $2,090 plus tax
    New plan that costs about the same: 200 meals and 500 dining dollars a semester for $2,070 plus tax.
    So you lose 100 meals for gaining just 100 dining dollars? This is not a small change in price per meal. Only a small change in the price of a package with very different meals/dining dollars combo. Those poor freshmen and those in the the Corps now have to pay more to cover the revenue loss.

    In fairness, the price is not too bad if you go for a more expensive plan. Every semester, students pay for very expensive textbooks that rarely got covered to the full extent and you can't get a refund either. Of course the difference is you can re-sell the books- if they don't change the covers of the books every two years to force you to buy new ones.

     
  • elf posted at 1:47 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    elf Posts: 1594

    The solution to this is simple. Just say no. No to the Aggie Corps (because joining forces you to buy an exorbitant meal plan with poor quality food), no to on campus living (again a forced meal plan), and no to on campus dining altogether. If Compass is not going to treat students fairly and deliver excellent food and value, then just say no. That is the only way Compass will get the message.

     
  • ftw posted at 7:20 am on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    ftw Posts: 1265

    I seem to recall an article yesterday evening indicating they were ending the mandate. Did that change overnight?

     
  • elf posted at 12:43 am on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    elf Posts: 1594

    I wish they would eliminate the "mandate" altogether. It is unfair to the students and encourages bad food in campus dining.

     

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