By Shannon Quick
Phillip Anthony Kwong, TWU student, stated in a recent Facebook post: “Have any of y’all seen the union during lunch? I avoid it like the plague.”
John McRae, Aramark Food Service director, stated “We have seen a significant increase in customer traffic this semester and the dining locations in the Student Union are definitely stressed.” McRae also mentioned that Aramark is “bringing in additional parttime staff to help with service during the peak times.”
Kwong is not alone in his disappointment about long lunch lines in the Student Union during the peak lunch rushes from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Senior biology major Morgan Wilson is also unhappy about the lengthy lines. “The lines are unfair, especially when you only have a 10-minute window between classes,” Wilson remarked.
If rushed for time, students can pick up some of the grub and get items in the Garden Room, CFO and MCL buildings, McRae suggested. If an item is out of stock, “please always feel free to ask one of our associates for assistance,” McRae said.
There are a few things that students can do to help alleviate the congestion: be ready to order when you get to the cashier, and have your ID, credit card or cash ready when you check out. McRae stated that the congestion students are experiencing is normal for this time of year, but “things typically begin to level out once students begin to get into a routine.”