Smug because we proved him right
Shortly after the year began, big blue cups disappeared from Leo’s, leaving students only with small clear ones. It seemed like the big blue cups were just more victims in the new Leo’s push to limit students’ consumption, but according to an email from Andrew Lindquist, the Director of Campus Dining Services, there’s another culprit: short-sighted students!
The issue with the blue cups is that people seem to like them as souvenirs. Each week we see the number of cups dwindle on our inventory….If there was ever a way to ask students to please refrain from taking these and other permanent items from Leo’s it would be wonderful.
Turns out the blue cups are a perfect example of the tragedy of the commons, a theory articulated by Garret Hardin (above). It’s better for everyone if the cups stay in Leo’s, so you don’t have to get up 4 times during a meal to get more water, but it’s better for the individual student to take a cup and hope no one else does.
Their enormous size makes them great for home use, which has inspired many students, including me, to slip them inside backpacks. On the plus side, a new order of cups will be coming in soon.
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Made my first pilgrimage march of tears back to Leo’s today … what a ride. Sure, there are all the changes noted by Mr. Keller, but the first thing I noticed were the new giant blue cups, depicted here:
It’s only a matter of time until Leo’s has to hire lifeguards following the near-drowning of an unsuspecting freshman in one of these. And of course the cups are too big to fit on the tray return, another classic Leo’s maneuver. The area in front of the tray rack looked like beer pong leftovers from the Jolly Green Giant. By the way, I actually was able to jam mine on, you lazy jerks.
I also made use of the omelet station for my meal. Yup, omelets. at. dinner. Glad Leo’s finally tapped into that emerging market. I’ve long held that truth-in-advertising laws mandate calling the dining hall version “egg burritos,” since the meat and veggies are really just wrapped up in an egg condom. And just as messy when it breaks. Less babies, though. On an encouraging note, the salsa-type product is called ‘picante sauce.’ Well, I think it’s for me to brush with some ‘diente goo’ and go to ‘dormir furniture.’
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