December 2, 2010 Volume CXXVIII Issue 11

Meal Plan changes debut next semester

Sports Editor

Effective this week, GC students, faculty, staff and guests can enjoy new and improved weekend hours in the Caf.

Sodexo and Georgetown College signed a new contract at the beginning of the semester, and at this time, dining hours were changed at the college’s request. Under this initial agreement, lunch hours in the Caf were shortened from 2 pm to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but brunch was expanded by an hour on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner hours were shifted.

Student feedback led the GC Dining Services team to rework the meal schedule midschool year, resulting in the new dining hours that were recently sent out in an email.

Josh Eckman, the General Manager of Dining Services, said, “It is unusual to make changes during the school year, but we are trying to meet the students’ needs while meeting the terms of the agreement we have with Georgetown College, so when we are able to make such changes, we do, as long as everyone involved agrees.”

Sodexo, the college administration and the SGA together approved the new dining hours in the Caf, which extend lunch by 30 minutes on Monday through Thursday and shorten brunch on Saturday and Sunday by 30 minutes. Dinner hours on Sunday are also extended, from 4-6 p.m. to 4:30-7:30 p.m., and dinner hours on Saturday are shifted from 4-6 p.m. to 4:30-6:30 p.m.

As long as students have meal swipes left on their G-Cards, they can use these swipes in any of the five meal zones during the day. Students may also use meal swipes to grab a Simply-to-Go meal in the Mulberry during their operating hours.

The WOW Grille has also expanded its menu to offer healthy side alternatives during Cash EQ hours. Customers can now swap the French fries served with each combo meal for carrot and celery sticks or a piece of whole fruit like an apple. Healthy combos are also on their way in the future. Watch for these new options next semester.

The above chart shows the new meal plan schedule.

Students creatively survive end-of-semester stress

Copy Editor

If all else fails, there is always Santa and the hope of Christmas morning.

Warning. The following words have been known to strike fear into the hearts of many a college student throughout the ages: finals week. Though it may seem like just yesterday we were moving into our dorm rooms to begin a new year of academic endeavors, those dreaded days are fast-approaching. But never fear, fellow Georgetonians, there are ways (though some may be drastic—desperate times call for desperate measures, you know) to make it through with minimal damage and arrive safely at home to enjoy relatively stress-free holidays.

Freshman Jonathan Balmer shared his concerns for his first semester of finals as a college student: “Finals at Georgetown have caused me temporary manic depressive behaviors— crushing helplessness followed by feats of great productivity; the nebulous status of some of my grades makes me wonder whether I am studying too much or too little. But, every once in a while, when I feel like giving up, I remember my goal of becoming a teacher and the fact I am too weak for manual labor, a reflection which makes me thankful for college.” Though he may be scared of what will await him Dec. 10-14, this kind of positive thinking will certainly provide a great deal of necessary motivation. Sophomore Liz Maines also finds a positive attitude helpful, saying, “I retreat to my happy place like Happy Gilmore.”

While thinking positively is one tactic for dealing with fnals week stresses, some students opt for using their mental powers differently. Senior Daniel Henson says, “I survive through apathetic resignation. And sheer awesomeness and force of will.”

When your mind alone is not enough to help you power through your mountain of work and studying, most students have developed tried and true methods that provide them with the extra “umph” they need to make it to the light at the end of the tunnel. Sophomore Molly Shoulta says that “Red Bull, vitamin C and naps,” are keys to her finals success. Senior Chuck Harris relies on some help from a higher power and plenty of rest to keep his brain fresh, saying his finals routine goes something like “Pray, sleep, eat, sleep, eat, sleep and did I mention sleep?” Senior Shawn McPeek resorts to “Lots of naps and good music. Candy is always a happy extra.”

Many other students also find that music is welcome companion during their long nights of studying. Sophomore Lauren Siegel enjoys the company of her “Biggie Smalls Pandora radio station and music in general…”

It is also important to never underestimate the power of brain food. Starbucks, Taco Bell and hot tea are all great sources of nutrition that will keep you ready for whatever your professors may throw your way.

There are also some bits of practical advice for all you freshmen who still aren’t entirely sure what your own method for dealing with the madness may be. Senior Amanda Hamilton suggests “spending lots of time in the LRC,” and junior Elizabeth Carter says, “I look at what needs to get done and prioritize so I can organize my time accordingly, if possible.” Also, it is important to work in the appropriate amount of rest and relaxation. Senior Ryan Thompson confirms this by saying, “I work hard, play hard.”

So there you have it. As you can see, when it comes to surviving finals week, finding the right strategy can take some experimenting, but don’t give up. It can be done. And when it seems like all hope is lost, there is always light at the end of the finals tunnel. As junior Stephanie Sawyer so eloquently states, “Survive? No one survives. We come home from finals week as mere zombies, until Santa brings us new souls to start over again.”


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