Students claim that mice and insects are present while they eat at campus. The demand for a new alternative food service has never been higher.
Lackmann Culinary services are in charge of providing the food service for the student body at Hofstra University. They have done so since 1992.
However, over the last six years, Lackmann has come under some heavy criticism from students, leading to online petitions in an attempt to change the service.
Ehlayna Napolitano the news editor for the Hofstra Chronicle covered four stories since September about the angry backlash from students against Lackmann. The stories range from student feedback, to accusations from students about hazardous contaminations in the food that Lackmann provides. However, Lackmann has denied in countless confrontations with students about their food being a health hazard to the student body.
“Students sometimes feel that they are an overwhelming number violations that we [The Hofstra Chronicle] cover” Said Mrs. Napolitano
According to an article from The Chronicle, published on November 4th, it was reported that since the fall of 2013, eight critical violations, also known as red violations have been found during inspections at various dinning locations on campus. Furthermore, according to the school newspaper, Hofstra has totaled 79 blue violations, that range from unsanitary maintenance to extreme temperature hazards.
Students in the past have claimed that there have been insects, mice roaming around the cafeteria and instances where they have bought bread that is rotten.
Adam Stark, a television and film major, is unsatisfied with Lackmann due to the lack of amount of choices available.
“Lackmann doesn’t offer a great variety of options” Mr. Stark also mentioned that he has heard stories from students about their experiences with Lackmann.
“ They are times that I find Chicken that is undercooked or even fish, which can be hazardous.”
In polls conducted in 2011 from the Chronicle, 80 percent of students surveyed were dissatisfied, and 85 percent from a separate survey demanded a change of service. Furthermore, last spring graduate students made an online petition to overthrow Lackmann as Hofstra`s main food provider. The petition has gathered 523 signatures since last spring. Students are hoping that the number of complaints can convince the administration to change the food service.
However, the school has done very little to recognize the petition and have not shown any signs of terminating their contract with Lackmann anytime soon.
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