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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1935. Volume 6. Number 3.

"Signs of the Times."

"Signs of the Times."

Dear "Smad"—

Under the above heading there was published in the "Dominion" of March 1, 1935. the following paragraph:—

When applying to the Victoria University College Council last night for the right to control the college cafeteria during the present year, the Students' Association executive gave as one reason for the loss recorded on the undertaking last year the fact that many students were now bringing their lunches from home and were foregoing dinner at night in favour of light tea. The application was granted.

Another good reason why the cafeteria does not pay is that many students prefer to go down into town for their dinner, for the very obvious reason that they can get a far better meal at less price. At the cafeteria, soup, entree and sweets with a cup of tea, cost, 1/3. Often one likes another cup of tea—that means 1/5. At the best dining rooms in town ("The Elm," for instance) one can get a far better choice of food, more food, and sometimes better food, and service for 1/3. Three courses together with plenty of bread and butter, a pot of tea, and service, costs the same price.

Many students bring their food from home because they do not think the expenditure for a meal of such dimensions as they can eat warranted. They would be probably be paying 1/6 for the amount of sandwiches, cakes and fruit that they bring from home for their lunch. Those of us who cannot be bothered to bring our lunch, and who do not mind spending, so long as we get value for our money, usually have a light meal—for no one can say that the light refreshment supplied by the cafeteria is excessively priced. The tea is not all that could be desired—to meet the increase in price of 100% this year, I would suggest a little more milk per cup, and an extra spoonful or so in the pot to keep the colour dark and the flavour full.

It seems that at the cafeteria we get least value for our money in the entree. If the cost of the middle course were reduced to sixpence, the cost per meal would be approximately the same as that at city meal houses, the only difference being that we help ourselves instead of sitting down at our own table and having our own food brought to us. Still, most of us do not mind that What about it, Studass?