A slice of old pizza for $3, a small burger for $5, shreds of iceberg lettuce and croutons to make a salad. That’s not much of a selection for students at the Pima Community College on-campus cafeterias.
The lack of variety doesn’t bug me as much as the price I pay for mediocrity.
It doesn’t make sense to pay nearly three bucks for a cup of coffee that’s a few hours old. It’s even more annoying that I don’t get free or cheap refills, unlike most other coffee providers.
I know that if I don’t like it, I don’t have to buy it. But as a student stuck on campus, what choice do I have?
Not all of us have cars we can use to drive to a more decent establishment between classes. Many students are on campus for an entire day between classes, waiting for a ride of some form.
Little things make a difference, and a good number of students are on a budget. Must we be left with a cafeteria as our only means on campus for a bite to eat?
I get that PCC is not a big, fancy university that can lavish its students with Starbucks Coffee, Panda Express and a boulevard decorated with chain restaurants and hip fashion boutiques. But is it really fair to offer us food at prices higher than normal?
A bag of chips at a campus cafeteria costs noticeably more than it would at a gas station. Even an apple or banana costs more, individually, than by the pound at a grocery store.
Why can we not get more bang for our buck?
When I was in the Navy, we used to say, “You pay for what you get.” It made sense. Here though, you get ripped off.
With a busy schedule and not much variety, I’ve accepted that I’m sort of giving my money away.
How about opening a quality coffee stand with espresso machines? How about a little express sushi at a decent price?
It will probably never happen, but I’m sure I’m not the only person who has ever proposed such a thing.
Richardson believes that a good cup of coffee, or many, ranks along with studying as a key to academic success.
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