You can’t swipe me into Hardy?

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As school has started and students have come back from their summer, many great things on campus have changed. However, one thing that overshadows the numerous improvements is the recently enforced policy of students not being allowed to swipe their friends into Hardy for a meal.

What is the problem with one student swiping in another, when the original student with the card has already paid for the meal plan? It should be their choice if they would like to bring a friend along for a meal.

Senior mass communication major, Garrett Smith is also irritated by the rule Hardy has decided to enforce.

“I think the new policy is absolutely ridiculous. Now with the new policy, you have siblings who can’t eat with each other and couples that can’t eat with each other,” said. “We saw a big push by our school last year with the student body president election to ‘build community.’

There is absolutely no way you can bridge community by sealing it off.”

Smith makes a good point about the students who can no longer dine together. I have a younger sister who is a freshman, and we have been planning all summer to eat together once a week for dinner. It makes sense that, if someone buys something, they should be allowed to share it.

Smith even quoted the Bible as an example of encouraging sharing.

“Exodus 12:4 says, ‘If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat,” Smith said. “If we have food, why waste it?”

Various people say that Hardy is putting this into effect now because they seem to think they are losing money.

What is the difference between going to Hardy and paying the $7 if you do not have a meal plan and having a friend swipe you in when they have already paid for their meal plan? The dining hall has already received its money at the beginning of the year from the student with the meal plan.

Apparently, not being able to scan other students in at Hardy has been a rule for quite some time. For Hardy to just immediately start turning students away at the door if they don’t have a meal plan is simply wrong.

There was no e-mail or letter sent home to announce the change. The least anyone could have done to prevent this kind of response was to let the students know during the summer months.

Author: Stacy Fannin

Stacy Fannin is a junior mass communication/journalism major and is the sports editor for the newspaper. She is from Cedar Park, Texas, where she lives with her mom, little sister and adorable cat, Dusty. Stacy enjoys being with family and friends. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, Dr. Pepper, the Green Bay Packers, Texas and England. Stacy enjoys eating junk food, being around family and friends (and her cat), and talking on her phone named Jeffrey. She is a huge fan of Dr. Pepper, chocolate and of course, the Green Bay Packers!

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