Students Pay Good Money For A Meal Plan And They Shouldn't Have To Fear The Food At Their Dining Hall

Students Pay Good Money For A Meal Plan And They Shouldn't Have To Fear The Food At Their Dining Hall

What's really in the food they're serving us?

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About three weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Snapchat stories like I do about 20 times a day.

Something odd came up on one of my friend's stories: a photo of a plate with rice, chicken, and what seemed to be a mouse.

Completely caught off guard, I replayed the story several more times. And each time, there was definitely a mouse on that plate.

A few hours later, that same photo was screenshotted and posted to several Snapchat stories. Basically viral.

A few days later, Aramark, Temple University's source of food, posted on their Instagram. They claim this mouse was actually a chicken wing, and the whole thing was a hoax.

Jokes began to accumulate on all the postings of the Aramark Instagram.

"With or without mouse?" or "with a side of rat," some of them read. It seems hilarious, but it's actually sickening.

To make matters worse, it turns out the victim of the mouse plate was my roommate. And she decided to fight back on Aramark's false claims.

My roommate emailed Aramark a photo of her plate, and said that she knows for a fact it was a mouse in her food. She was not happy with how Temple handled this. They care more about their reputation than their students and sanitation.

Many students spend thousands of extra dollars on a meal plan. For some, like myself, this is a choice. For others, like freshmen who live in dorms, they really have no other source of food.

So when these kinds of things occur to put doubt in the sanitation of our food, people are going to fight back.

Unfortunately, according to Temple News, there have been findings of mouse droppings in the dining hall where the mouse is alleged to have been.

Temple will undoubtedly continue to defend themselves against the mouse claim. Obviously, though, there will be a change in the entire approach to eating at this school.

This is not how it should be. Students should not be afraid to eat at their own school dining hall. Especially if options are limited and we are paying money for it.

It is important for Health Inspections to be done regularly, and it is important for students to feel comfortale within their own university.

From now on, I will not be purchasing a meal plan nor eating in any of the dining halls.

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Explaining Wawa To Someone Who's Never Heard Of It

An inevitable and surprisingly frequent topic of conversation.

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Those familiar with Wawa will inevitably come to a time when they mention the store and are greeted with blank stares of confusion. Most have at least heard of the store, often in comparison with Sheetz, but trying to actually describe it is a frustrating process which might go something like this:

"What the heck is a Wawa? That doesn't even sound like a real word?"

They have the little picture of a goose in their logo just to help explain this portion, nonverbally.

"Why are you excited about gas station food?"

It's a convenience store with a gas station. Just because it has gas and has largely become known for its sale of gas does not make the gas the main component of the store. Plenty of locations still exist which are solely the market component of Wawa. Also, there are fruit and vegetables in Wawa in comparison to the mostly pre-packaged goods at some gas stations.

"But, still — it can't be that good?"

I can get a kale salad, a hoagie, and a donut all in one place. They don't even have to go together, it's just convenient, wide-ranging in food type, and they're all individually delicious.

"What do you mean they advertise with airplanes?"

It's almost guaranteed sitting on the Jersey Shore beach that you will see planes flying overhead with banners advertising for hoagiefest.

"What the heck is hoagiefest?"

It's a yearly sale featuring annoyingly catchy marketing jingles and overplayed advertisements, but it's also a time for discounted hoagies — so it's worth it. Also, if you call hoagies, subs or sandwiches, or anything else of the sort, you probably had the "What is a Wawa?" conversation with someone.

"Are you from Philadelphia, then?"

Wawa territory is actually decently large, with answers to this question ranging from "Yes," "Not really, but kind of" to "No, Florida."

"Why do you miss it?" (Or "Stop complaining.")

This question (or outright statement) probably followed you complaining about how long it's been since you went there, even if you were just there this morning. In the event that it has been a decent length of time since you made it there, you might just be entering Wawa deprivation.

How is it different from Sheetz?

To quote Elizabeth Barrett Browning "Let me count the ways."

To quote my friends, "It just is!"

"Do you want to go there now?"

Yes! (Time is irrelevant to this answer.)

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Cotton Candy And Fruit Is The New Hybrid You Have To Try

Certainly It's a yes from me.

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Its that time of the year again and I couldn't be more excited.

Yes, I am talking about the time of the year when Cotton Candy Grapes make their ways to shelves across the US. I know you're probably wondering "Did she really just say cotton candy grapes?" I did, and they are indeed everything I am hyping them up to be!

After nearly 12 years of development, Fruit Geneticist David Cain developed this new hybrid fruit by the use of hand pollination crossed with millions of varying types of grapes. Creating something that tastes just like a cotton candy would but, with a slight hint of vanilla! Don't be fooled. They look like your average juicy green grapes. But, their immaculate sweet taste differentiates them from their tangy and tart counterpart.

Now here I stand, staring at the doors of my local Publix, just seconds from walking inside and purchasing the sweet treat when the produce clerk suddenly crushes all hopes and dreams I may have. Our conversation went a little like this:

"Oh my gosh, Hi! How are you, it's weird, I heard the cotton candy grapes were in but I'm not seeing them."

-"Oh yeah, you're probably like the fifth person to ask about them. Unfortunately, they won't come in until the end of the month.. maybe early April.

EARLY APRIL, I... I... I just don't understand.

- Yeah, last year we got them fairly late and they left soon after.. so I guess they're taking their time this year around.

But, you know what you should try... Sugar Kiss Cantaloupe .. It'll rock your world!

Have a nice day sir.

Here I sit .. hurt, confused and fairly belittled. All I wanted was a sweet delectable treat but what I received was a ton of disappointment. Maybe your luck is better than mines and if so... Head on down to your local Trader Joes, Publix or Costco's and try the cotton candy grapes for yourselves. Maybe their just as great as I describe them to be or a huge letdown. Either way, they are definitely worth the try!

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