Over the summer the old café was converted by Derringer Company from homemade goods to processed foods and there have been a lot of complaints from the teachers and students alike. “The reason for the change was because the old cafeteria was going under as far as the budget was concerned,” Principal Patty Beckert said.
Sophomore Ellen Uhl said what she misses most about the old cafeteria is the cookies. “They were the highlight of my day,” Uhl said.
Junior Kevin Williams agreed about the cookies, but said that he likes not having to carry money with Derringer’s new kiosk system.
There are currently only two check-out kiosks in the café. “I would like to get more kiosks to help move the line faster,” Uhl said.
In an email message replying to concerns presented by Student Council, a spokesperson from Derringer Company said that they are trying to get the thumbprint identifier to move faster, so that the line can move faster, too. Derringer Company also replied that they are looking into creating a poster-sized price list for the students to reference when making choices.
Many students and faculty also just miss the love and connection that we had acquired with the old café. Senior Courtney Lindsay said that she misses Mary the lunch lady the most, who usually worked the cold-item line. “She always brightened up my day,” Lindsay said.
Students seem to be adjusting to the new company. “I think [the students are adapting], but they still have a long way to go,” Beckert said.