Letter from the Editor

By Maroon Editorial Board

Dear Reader,

Welcome to The Maroon’s first Dining Issue, in which we bring into focus a central part of all of our lives here: food.

Inside you will find coverage both illuminating and entertaining. The University’s current contract with Aramark is set to expire in June, and three companies, including Aramark, are bidding on the next contract. Before the companies—Aramark, Bon Appétit, and Sodexo—come to campus next week, read up on the history of the University’s contracts with Aramark and how all three companies stack up.

You’ll also find many of your fellow students’ takes on dining, both on- and off-campus. In Viewpoints, columnists discuss nutrition in the dining halls, the best ways to sneak into Bartlett, and whether or not the dining halls are that bad. Check out reviews of the restaurants and trucks of Hyde Park in Arts, and, if you’ve ever wondered what your fellow student athletes eat before the big game, you should flip back to Sports.

On this campus we’re often tasked with considering big questions—social, philosophical, scientific, economic. In comparison, dining can seem small. But what we eat, and where we come together to eat, are essential parts of our community. To be frank, dining matters. And if that’s not evident in and of itself, then the amount that students pay for it every year makes this undeniable.

Enjoy the food for thought.


Eleanor Hyun, Editor-in-Chief

Sarah Manhardt, Deputy Editor-in-Chief