Maryville College students are getting close to fall break of 2023, which will take place October 5 through October 8.
Many students might believe that no dining services will be available during fall break because of misleading information. In prior years, the Maryville College Academic Calendar said, “No food services during fall break.” This meant that these would be Non-Board Days, days where meals are not planned because the majority of students are not expected to eat on campus. “Normally it was only the people required to stay or have jobs locally,” said James Dulin, the Metz Culinary Manager.
Non-board days are days outside of Metz’s contract with the school to provide dining services, but they still want to make sure students are not going hungry.
Despite the rumors, Pearsons will be having meal services throughout fall break. Issacs and the C-Store, however, will both close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, and will not reopen until school is back in session.
Students staying on campus during the upcoming break will not have to use their meal swipes when utilizing the dining services Pearsons provides. Instead, students will sign their names before entering the cafeteria.
If you are wondering what the meal plans are going to look like during break, there is a Metz website that you can find by scanning the QR code posted in Pearsons or by simply searching, “metzmaryville.com.” On Metz’s website, you can find information about the menu, as well as nutritional information.
On Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6, breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Lunch on these days will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner service will be available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will not have breakfast services, but will have lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A visual representation of Pearsons’ schedule during fall break is posted on the Metz website and inside Pearsons.
There has been speculation for the true reasoning behind dining services being different over fall break, even though it consists of only two weekdays and the weekend. Some students thought it would be because of their budget costs, or claim unfairness from the difference in athlete’s meal services. However, Dulin put those speculations to rest.
The difference lies not in the food received but in how it is financially covered. Athletic teams cover their athletes’ expenses because they are required to stay, and the school covers the expenses of non-athlete students.
Because a majority of the students are not expected to be on campus, they will not have the usual abundance of options. The options available for students staying on campus during fall break will be the self-serve deli, salad bar and hot plate at Pearsons. “That’s pretty much it. It’s bare bones. However, it will sustain any human being that comes in here to eat,” Dulin reasoned.
Regular dining services will resume at dinner on Sunday, October 8. Pearsons will have dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Issacs will open at 7 p.m. as usual on Sunday.