I live in Frontier Hall. Yes, this makes me a freshman, and yes, this means every day I enjoy the less than fabulous UDS food. The Superblock is home to two dining halls. Pioneer is known to have the better food of the two, but Centennial has late night food, which includes Taco Tuesdays. College kids, endless supply of tacos, brilliant. There is however a slight annoyance among the religious taco Tuesday followers. You first choose your outer: soft, hard, chip, and receive your meat. The next stop is the topping counter. Here we have cheese, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and black olives. Above the topping there is an angled glass roof. The fluorescent light stationed above that causes a horrible glare on the glass making it almost impossible to see what you’re trying to get. I understand that it could potentially protect the food from germs, but the salad bar is completely exposed all the time. This glass covering can and should be removed. I know this is an odd complaint, but I hear it from almost anyone I’m with on taco nights.
On regular days, Pioneer is claimed to have the best food of the Superblock. When it’s freezing cold outside, Frontier residents can go down to the first floor and take the tunnel to the basement of Pioneer. The dining hall is also located in the basement. Instead of being able to just slide on in, Frontier residents have to go up a stairway (you can see the dining hall through the bars of this stairway) and then down another to get the card swiped. The dining hall is two separate rooms. The first room you enter always contains cereal, French fries, and food made on the grill. The second room has a salad bar, pasta, sandwich line, pizza, and an ice cream machine. The types of these foods change every meal. If you first look to see what’s on the grill line then walk over through a hallway to the second room to see what is there and decide you want what’s on the grill, then you have to walk back. This process makes the time it takes to eat so much longer. It’s hard to go and get a quick meal in Pioneer because it takes at least five minutes of walking around, deciding where you want to get in line.
One positive thing about Pioneer dining hall is that they have their own mini Subway. No not an actual Subway, but a sandwich assembly line done for you with whatever topping you choose. A negative aspect of this is that there is normally a line, and this line has a tendency to block off the dessert counter. So you have to squeeze around people in order to get your cookie, cake, or ice cream. My idea is, put the sandwich line in the room where the grilled foods are. The sandwich line never changes, so if you don’t know what you want all the options that change are in one room and the sandwich line that never changes is in another. Well it would be most beneficial if all the food was in one room, but I’m working with what we have. I don’t expect the university to build a whole new dining hall. Cut down my tuition bills instead.