A Ranking Of UMass Dartmouth Dining Locations

A Ranking Of UMass Dartmouth Dining Locations

When you pull out your UMass Pass, where should you head?

Behind the concrete walls walks nearly 9,000 students. Some haven't slept in days, some have even forgotten to eat. You finally have some free time... Where should you go?

Here's a ranking of the dining places on campus, from worst to best. [I'm excluding Wendy's, because that's just not fair to the list.]

9. Res (The Marketplace)

We've all been there. Whether it's during the orientation lunch you were forced to eat or ultimately having your meal plan limited you to the all-you-can eat location, Res is known to all students. The endless stomach cramps can occasionally be masked by the surprise of delicious entrees served about once a month. However, you'll often find yourself staring at the same thing every day: a block of scrambled eggs, pasta, pizza, maybe a salad with some dried up vegetables. Whatever it is, we all like to avoid it if possible.

8. Academic Carts (SENG > LARTS > CVPA)

Though convenient, the academic carts are often found to be sparse in their selection, especially at the end of the week. The workers are pleasant, but all of the food is pre-packaged and bland.

7. Sono (located in freshman building Maple Ridge)

What can I say about Sono.... They're only open 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. So, if you're hungry between the hours of 7pm-Midnight, you can maybe get yourself some Mexican food. That is, if they aren't out of rice, meat, salsa, or anything else they claim is gone not even an hour after opening.

6. Plate by Plate

Speaking of limited hours, if you're awake on weekdays from 8am-3pm, you could possibly stop by Plate by Plate for some breakfast or an ever changing lunch menu. It's hit or miss, but when it's a miss, it's really a miss.

5. 2.Mato

2.Mato is a great place to grab a quick snack while passing through the campus center, or a slice of pizza if you plan on staying for a few minutes. If you want some pasta or a calzone or something of the sort, you'll have to take a number, which could lead you to waiting 15-20 minutes depending on how busy they are.

4. Mondos

A subway-esque establishment, you cam select from a wide variety of sandwiches to fill your lunch or dinner hunger. You do have to wait until 11am to get a sandwich, but once you fight the lunch lines you can get your hands on a nice sub to get you through the day,.

3. Corsair Cafe

From soup to smoothies, baked goods to hot chocolate, the Corsair Cafe is a warm hidden gem whose home is settled on the bottom floor of the campus center across from the UMass Pass office. The occasional live music and cozy seating makes it a pleasant place to take a break between classes.

2. Birch Grill

Pre-renovation, I would say that Birch would have taken the number one spot. After the "revamp", the homey vibe of Birch has left the students. The loud voices of the workers rattle through you as you race around the counter trying to find which side they're dropping your food off. It has great hours for those late night snacks, but you're going to have to wait for it to open on weekends.

1. Library Cafe

The library cafe is the holy grail of all dining on campus. With their new extended hours, you can find yourself eating a bagel-wich before your morning classes or taking a flatbread back to your dorm after a long day. The lines are long, but the workers are always smiling and making your food to perfection.

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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