DDS offers students limited options

by Ithan Peltan | 7/3/01 5:00am

Are you craving a Collis Caf smoothie with your dinner? Do you need an order of Hop fries for lunch on Sunday to help you ease back into study mode? Or perhaps you want a made-to-order turkey sandwich from Food Court for a late-night snack?

You're probably out of luck this summer. Most campus dining facilities have reduced their hours during Summer term when fewer student customers mean a reduced budget for Dartmouth Dining Services.

This fall, however, students can look forward to some new dining options with the opening of a kosher/halal facility and a smoothie bar in Thayer Dining Hall as well as a submarine sandwich counter at Courtyard Caf in the Hopkins Center.

Although kosher/halal dining was intended to be open for the first day of Fall term, the project is currently a "couple of weeks" behind, DDS Director Tucker Rossiter said.

While funding has been approved for the smoothie stand and the submarine sandwich counter, Rossiter said he does not expect either option to be open for the beginning of Fall term.

The smoothie bar in Thayer will be located in the lobby and will likely operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. While it will operate similarly to the one in Collis, it will be larger and eventually may offer more options.

However, there are no plans to discontinue offering smoothies in Collis.

The new sandwich counter in the Hop will offer made-to-order submarine sandwiches during the facility's normal operating hours.

For the most part, the same reduced summer operating schedule has been in place for the past few years, when a larger than usual percentage of students select one of the two reduced price declining balance account plans.

"There just aren't enough students," Rossiter said, noting that DDS generally loses money during the summer months. Having fewer students working for DDS during the summer is also a factor in some operating hours decisions.

Participants in camps provide important support for DDS during the summer, according to Rossiter. As many as 1700 meals for campers have already been scheduled for some days later in the summer at Homeplate, which offers them all-you-can-eat fare.

While Homeplate is offering alternative options, some typical Homeplate dishes are now offered in Food Court, which now closes at 9 p.m. instead of 1:00 a.m.

Courtyard Caf is open only 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Collis is not open at all on Saturday and Sunday and closes at 3:00 p.m. on weekdays. Also, Novack Caf is not open during the evening, but is instead open just 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m on weekdays.

Lone Pine Tavern, however, has extended summer hours. Open seven nights a week from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., it offers the only DDS option after 9:00 p.m.