Weekend dining options would keep students from fleeing home
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 22:10
During the weekdays, you have so much variety, “Should I go to Taco Bell today? No ... it seems more like a Quiznos kind of day. Maybe have some coffee from Starbucks afterwards.”
But on the weekends, it’s a little different.
Only the marketplace, the convenience store and Einstein Bagels are open on the weekends. And the latest that any of these stay open is the marketplace, which closes at 7 p.m.
You want breakfast on Sunday before you go to church? Well, you have to go off campus to get something to eat, because nothing opens before 11 a.m.
The last university I went to was most definitely a “suitcase campus.” That means that everyone fled from the campus once the weekend came — and with good reason.
There was really nothing to do during the weekend.
It was an absolute ghost town on the weekends, especially because the student population was much smaller than the one here at ETSU.
But at least that campus had one measly restaurant that stayed open until 10 p.m. on the weekends.
I was told before I came here that this was not a suitcase campus.
I applaud Buctainment for keeping people here on the weekends, but ETSU still feels like a suitcase campus, especially on Sunday.
My roommate and I took a walk from our dorm to the Culp, and it is so dead. There are barely even squirrels scurrying around.
We see a person with a bag of Taco Bell, and we rush up the ramp only to find that Taco Bell is — as it always is on weekends — closed.
We see the glowing light coming from the Starbucks logo and start getting excited, but we knew it was closed before we got there.
All the public transit buses have a quitting time of about 6 p.m, so we couldn’t even leave campus for dinner if we wanted to.
This is what really pushes students away from campus. Why not go back home where you can get money from your parents and go to the Wendy’s down the street?
Or get a home-cooked meal at 9 p.m. instead of having to plan for no later than 6 p.m, even when you’re not really that hungry.
If ETSU would keep stores open later, campus wouldn’t feel so empty. It would give the workers more hours and more opportunities to work, bring in more money for the college, and give students more dining options on the weekend.
Ultimately, maybe ETSU wouldn’t feel like such a suitcase.