Have you ever eaten Sodexo and then immediately ran to the restroom afterwards? Well, you are not alone.
It does not matter what I eat — salads, breakfast burritos, fruit, etc. — it does not settle well with my stomach. Sometimes I cannot discern what they are cooking; I have to refer to the menu. To be frank, sometimes it does not even look like food.
A couple of weeks ago, I was ordering a breakfast burrito. The worker asked what I wanted in my burrito, but I could not take my eyes off of this container full of what resembled soft cat food. He explained to me that it was sausage.
I am certain I am not alone in my unusual encounters with Sodexo food, but it makes me wonder, what is the university feeding us?
Something it really frustrates me that there are virtually zero nutritional options available. Sure, I can go to dining hall and opt for a whole-grain wheat sandwich, but the meat and cheese are incredibly processed.
Besides the fact that I despise eggs, I could eat an omelet. However, the egg yolks resemble water because they are very runny. It makes me wonder if it even came from an egg.
I could eat a salad, but the options are always the same. There are little variations in toppings. For example, I have never seen avocado slices as topping option.
Additionally, the fruit is pretty much the same: cantaloupe, honeydew and pineapple. Sometimes there will be strawberries and watermelon, but that is few and far between.
There are whole fruits available, such as apples and bananas, but most of the time they are bruised from people touching them and putting them back.
Needless to say, the dining hall fails to offer tasty, healthy and nutritional foods on a regular basis.
Not to mention, on the weekends there is virtually no healthy food options available overall. Students are forced to eat in the Commons, which only consists of fast food places.
Of course, you could buy a salad from the Cupboard, but that costs Commons Cash and the salads are outrageously overpriced.
The only other semi-decent option is Sub Connection, which tends to have slim hours and the bread is always soggy. You could choose an impossible burger from Sycamore Sliders, but that is often covered in grease too.
Typically, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Krispy Krunchy Chicken are the only places that have extended hours. I think we can all agree that there are practically no healthy options at any of those places.
I have visited my friends at other campuses, and their dining options are much healthier and available for students. One of my friends has an all-day salad bar available, which resembles Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar.
I would gladly have that over the questionable food the ISU dining hall serves us.
Every semester Sodexo sends students a survey to gather their feedback on their dining experiences. I am a senior, and I do not think Sodexo has listened to our feedback. In fact, it seems dining options have only worsened since my freshman year.
The old dining hall used to have the Smokehouse that always had yummy macaroni and cheese and some type of meat. I always thought the Quads dining hall had a better salad bar and fruit option. They also used to have miniature sliders.
As enrollment at the university continues to decrease, it makes me wonder if part of the budget cuts the university is making involves Sodexo. Is the university saving money by feeding students processed, greasy, unhealthy foods? From my experiences, it definitely seems that way.
Students spend thousands of dollars per semester for their meal plans. The least the university can do is provide us with adequate, nutritional and tasty foods.
We should not be scrambling to the bathroom after eating university food. Our food should not resemble wet cat food.