Oh, FoCo. Despite our chalkboard requests, you still have yet to make my momma’s French toast or install a Nutella fountain. Besides these regrettable oversights, you’re also fattening me up like a pig for Theta Delt’s annual roast. There are just too many delicious desserts! And then there’s the sunk cost of using a meal swipe: You already spent $15, so you might as well get your money’s worth of food and fro-yo.
But it’s not all FoCo’s fault. Even though I wish they would chill out on the almost candy bars (aka my obsession), my main problem with summer dining is that FoCo is the only thing open on the weekends. Quelle tragedie. Collis has so many more vegetarian options and healthier salads and stir fry. I still haven’t figured out how to break into the closed Hop, and I’m definitely craving a Mona Lisa wrap. What are they even doing in the Hop anyway?
Even though FoCo has similar options and a new salad bar, it’s harder to resist the pizza and cookies when it’s all-you-can-eat right in front of you. I would rather limit what I eat, and I’d like to not run out of all my DBA before finals because I’m paying for expensive meal swipes. People who want to eat multiple small meals throughout the day can’t do that at FoCo. They are only allowed to go in three times using meal swipes — they are excluded from coming back twice more if they are on a five-small-meals-per-day nutrition plan.
That is the tragedy of ’53 Commons — not only does FoCo offer too many tempting and fattening foods that we feel obligated to indulge in lest we waste our dining money, but it also limits people who eat five meals a day or live off campus and don’t have meal swipes to begin with.