This article is part of The Penmen Press’s annual April Fool’s edition. Even journalists need to have fun once in a while…
Due to more than a few stray hairs found in several students’ meals, Sodexo will no longer be Southern New Hampshire University’s (SNHU) meal provider, and President Leblanc had an unheard of idea to fix the problem. Starting in the Fall of 2016, several fast food franchises will be moving into the Dining Hall.
McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Sonic Drive-In, Duchess, Subway, Dairy Queen, Popeyes, and Dunkin Donuts will be serving students their meals for at least the duration of the 2016-17 school year.
“Popeyes shrimp is honestly the only reason why this is happening,” said Leblanc. “It’s a personal favorite of mine, and once I decided to let them become a part of the SNHU community, McDonalds and all the other companies starting blowing up my email until I told them they could come too.”
Each company will be serving their entire menus so no student will be deprived of their personal favorites.
“I’m afraid of this change,” said Freshman Jebediah Dimitrius. “It took all year for me to remember the schedule for each meal from Sodexo; now I’m going to have to remember it for a dozen different companies?”
An official time schedule has not been released for the Dining Hall on whether there will be universal hours of service for each meal or if each franchise will have their own. However, 24-hour service has been confirmed for McDonalds, Taco Bell, and Dairy Queen.
Junior student Denice Yenaldo is excited about these changes. “This will save me from the risk of driving late at night on the weekends when I’m having a craving for a taco or a Big Mac,” Yenaldo said.
The inclusion of Sonic Drive-In is also marking for the first one of the franchise to open in New Hampshire. It will even have Skating Carhops to deliver food to students out at their cars or on the Green Space. They will carry portable devices for students to swipe their cards at, so students can still include their food as part of the meal plan.
Rumors have sparked of a drive-through system being implemented for several of the fast food chains.
“I can’t comment on the possibility of a drive thru yet,” said Leblanc. “However, there will be a drive-through of sorts for those students who ride skateboards and scooters across campus. I’m sure they’ll be happy about that.”
SNHU students can expect big changes in their dietary habits on campus this next semester.