Toppings Vanish Because of Misuse
Not the first time sudents upset dining hall staff
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 09:02
Chocolate syrup, peanuts and sprinkles are all toppings students weren’t able to put on their ice cream in the West Dining Center.
A sign posted in the center for the last couple of weeks read: “Due to misuse of the ice cream toppings they will no longer be available.”
West Dining Center Manager Monte Valnes said students have poured chocolate and caramel syrup on the counter and on the containers of cones. The culprits are still at large.
“It is very unfortunate that it has come to this; however, given the facts, there was no other decision to make at the time,” Valnes said. “Dining Services has put these toppings out as a direct result of customer requests, in an effort to make their dining center more enjoyable.”
The topping ban wasn’t in effect at all dining halls, only at the WDC during the late-night mealtime (8:30 to 10:30 p.m.), Valnes said.
Valnes said dining center management met Tuesday to figure out a solution and said the toppings were made available again on Wednesday.
“It is hard to believe that the adults in the center did nothing to stop this from happening in their center,” he said.
Students had a mixed reaction. Junior history major Theresa Daly uploaded a photo of the posted sign to the Overheard at NDSU Facebook group. Many of those who commented took issue with management removing the toppings, while others were more understanding of the decision.
But Valnes said this isn’t the first time students have abused items in the dining hall.
“In recent years, someone had stolen the mint bowl in the WDC, and mints were not provided for some time as we waited for the bowl to be returned,” he said. “Once it was evident that it would not be returned, a different and much less ‘nice’ bowl now sits in its place.”
Valnes said dining services tries to provide nice things for its customers, and it is disheartening for them when incidents, like the topping abuse, occur.