Chase Dining Complex does not open until 8 a.m. during the weekdays and students who have early courses are often unable to eat before class. Brendon Pickering ’15 said, “at first it was really annoying, now I just keep granola bars in my room to grab and go quickly.”
Students can run up to Emerson Dining Hall, which opens at 7 a.m on weekdays, to grab breakfast. However, with classes so early in the morning, some may not have time to walk all the way up to Emerson—especially when they are running late.
According to Emily Polinsky ’14, “It’s really annoying because it’s so early in the morning. I just want to grab a banana and be on my way. And if I leave them in my room they get rotten.”
What students might not know is that many years ago, Chase did open at 7 a.m. along with Emerson, according to Manager of Business Services Kim Lavallee. However, as requests flooded for the dining hall to remain open later in the evening, the trade off was pushing the opening from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. This then allowed Chase Round to remain open until midnight all week.
This exchange seems favorable to some students. “More students are awake later at night studying; the food is in higher demand at that time as opposed to 8 a.m.,” said Lanie Honda ’14.
Chase Dining Complex is not the only dining hall that has time restrictions. As many students know, Emerson Dining Hall is only open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday on weekends and closes at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays.
The reasoning behind the time restrictions at Emerson is that because of the sporadic dining times for students on the weekends, the administration decided Chase Dining Hall was perfectly capable of accommodating the entire campus.