RHA survey shows 91.4 percent of students upset with Miami dining

By Jack Evans, News Editor

As student frustration regarding Miami’s meal plan grows, student governing bodies are responding.

Miami Associated Student Government recently published a petition to return Bell Tower Dining Hall to an a la carte dining location in light of increasing student frustration regarding the meal plan.

Posted on change.org on Sept. 28, the petition was presented at the Administrative Dining Committee meeting on Sept. 29.

“…Bell Tower was not broken and didn’t need to be fixed. We have heard from hundreds of students who feel their meal plans are not providing the additional value that they were promised, and we feel an obligation to deliver this message as soon as possible,” reads the petition.

The petition had over 1,000 signatures by the time of publication.

Citing students’ time constraints and busy schedules, the document “asks Dining Services to reconsider their decision of making Bell Tower a buffet location and restore it to the great dining option it once was.”

ASG decided to create the petition after reported success with similar strategies in the 2015-2016 school year.

“We did something last year and it worked really well, so we continued it,” said Amy Berg, ASG secretary for communications and media relations.

Accompanying ASG’s petition, Miami Residence Hall Association, which is also represented on the Administrative Dining Committee, sent out a dining survey to Miami students last week asking students for their opinions on Miami’s meal plan.

That survey was also presented at the dining committee and had 449 responses by the time of publication. Responses indicated that 91.4 percent of students who responded are unhappy with the current meal plan.

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