Point-Counterpoint: Does the New Lunch System Contribute to MKA?

Lunch is Still a Win: Gen Hughes

Imagine you are stranded in the desert. All you can think about is something delicious to satisfy your cravings before you die of hunger. MKA’s lunch system does this job. It offers sufficient amounts of food that will diminish your appetite. The new lunch system originally had some quirks, because students typing in their ID codes caused extremely long lines. But now that all the students know their codes, and have their student IDs, all the bumps have been smoothed out.

The new lunch system also prevents theft. Students can no longer simply walk out with food without paying. If a student forgets his lunch or simply desires something to eat, he no longer needs money. He can simply type in his code, or swipe his card. Lunch can’t get much easier. Junior Emily Greenberg expresses her love for the new system by saying, “Oh yeah, the new lunch system rocks.”

The Dining Hall also did away with all paper, styrofoam, and plastic. Now instead, all the utensils and plates are real. It really makes it feel like a real dining room. And it is very environmentally friendly. Everything is reusable, so MKA’s carbon foot print has contracted. All soda was removed from the cafeteria as well: students can no longer drink empty calories. They are forced to choose a healthier drink, such as water or juice.

Overall, the lunch system has proven to be highly successful and beneficial, as the basic need has been met and surpassed: students can get mouthwatering and healthy food for a fair price when they are hungry and enjoy it in comfort and style. •


Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Preston Park

This isn’t sleep away camp. This is independent school lunch. Lunch shouldn’t be so difficult; however, the initiatives set forth and the changes made make lunch a hot, sloppy mess best served never and nowhere. But let’s just break down the new lunch to appreciate and savor the hot, steaming flaws.

First, there are the new plates and silverware. Hey, I’m a fan of sustainability, but I’m really not a fan of water stains and food residue on my cutlery. Nor am I a fan of setting my entire meal down on some offshore location to grab a fork, knife, and sometimes spoon whilst my teeth (I carry my utensils that way because I don’t believe in trays) and cuticles (reaching for a metal fork or knife these days is like reaching into the mouth of Jaws) suffer.

The new cups are really, really small. Not only has cup size shrunken, but the selection of drinks has also diminished. Dessert has lost the luster it once had. Meals are more herb-centered and vegetable-driven. Fruit water hasn’t yet died out. Pizza and quesadillas disappear quickly, and I can only take chicken salad sandwiches for so long, which prompts me to ask: Where’s the sloppy joe love, where are the hairnets, where’s the carbonation, and where are the lunch ladies?!

I think what makes “new lunch” the worst is the goopy finale in which we all take part everyday. Forks go in the fork pile, knives in theirs, cups are placed upside-down and cannot be stacked, and plates have no space? Okay, reach and bend down and stick it in there somewhere. My fingers get little bits of food on them, and I feel a little sick when I get a whiff of the hanging, black cesspools of food and drink.

But nothing is as bad as the engulfing, dishwasher humidity that steams out from the washing station—I really do feel bad for the guy in there washing our cups, I’ve had a conversation with him and he really needs a fan (both kinds).

To sum it up, “new lunch” is just not great overall–even the new napkin dispenser bothers me.  Lunch should be relaxing and pleasant, so can we at least have our plastic utensils back? •

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