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    BRKS, MCKIN, SCHZApr 12, 2024 at 5:59 pm

    Concerns Regarding Campus Dining Transition

    Dear Allegheny Student Government,

    I want to address some concerns regarding the recent decision to transition to Parkhurst Dining Services as our campus dining provider.

    First and foremost, it’s imperative to acknowledge that the current food service workers were not included in this decision-making process. Despite their vital role in providing essential services to our community, they were not given a voice in determining their future employer. This lack of inclusion is deeply concerning and raises questions about fairness and transparency in decision-making.

    Moreover, it has come to light that the primary motivation behind this transition appears to be financial, rather than the welfare of the students. While we understand the need to manage costs, prioritizing profit over the well-being of our students and staff is unacceptable. The decision-making process should have considered the impact on all stakeholders, including faculty, families, students, and especially the current food workers at the college.

    As members of the student government, while you played a role in the decision-making process, it’s important to recognize that your perspective does not represent the entirety of the Allegheny community. The voices of faculty, families, students, and food workers must also be heard and considered in matters that directly affect them.Furthermore, the timing of discussions about food quality, such as the recent conversation with former GM John Beers, should have occurred much earlier in the academic year. Waiting until just before the end of the semester to address these concerns is unacceptable and does a disservice to our community.

    In conclusion, I want to express my deep disappointment and concern about the prioritization of financial gain over the well-being of our community members. While profitability is important, it should not come at the expense of the values and integrity of Allegheny College. Moving forward, I urge you to prioritize open communication, inclusion, and the well-being of all stakeholders in decision-making processes.

    Thank you for your attention to this matter.