Food for Thought

Report: Kyle Malone

As the echoes of Fresher’s Week celebrations slowly fade away for yet another year, students around UCC are now looking towards their budget and especially towards the cost of food on campus. The biggest debate revolves around the New Bar, whose dinner prices have increased this term. This reporter went down to the Amphitheatre to hear what students had to say.

“How much has it gone up? It’s hard to say really. Some students say a euro or two, but I heard of a lad who traded his grant money for a chips curry and rice”, said Mark Roche, who identifies himself as a sort of New Bar aficionado.

“And the portion sizes? Jaysus, last year you could have filled Boole 4 with the curry they gave ya but you’d be lucky to get six chips with the way it’s going now”, added Seamus Regan, who subsequently admitted studying philosophy has made his counting skills a little rusty.“What is a number anyway?” we heard him muttering as we headed towards the Main Rest.

On this side of the Boole, things are a little more stable it seems, even if students were less willing to talk prices with our team. We did enquire about the status of the €4.20 student special, to which one student confirmed you can still get 420 on campus.

“On any given day you might see one Common Room in UCC, which statistically isn’t that common”, he mused as he shambled about the quad. We left him to his thoughts.

Students will be happy to know chicken roll prices have steadied across the board, as many would remember with dread the now infamous Main Rest market crash of 2014, where prices shot up a full twenty five cent.

In Daybreak figures from the CSO (Chicken roll statistics office) show that a mere 1% of students avail of the “plain chicken” option, with as high as 3 in 5 students admitting to having placed wedges in a roll within the last quarter.

Back on main campus, newer outlet Elements is enjoying a monopoly’s success in the Kane building, having successfully defeated Kampus Kitchen in the Battle of Kane Dungeon last year.

All puns aside, the largest stir in the melting pot this year has been made by the Old Bar, who have used their wisdom, poor understanding of technology and grouchiness (as well as several other key stereotypes of being old) to gain a large following on Thursdays. Their deal, which is officially termed “The Last Supper,” fetches a student dinner and refreshment for a meagre five euro. We waited outside to see what patrons had to say.

“Well there was none of that bread breaking or blessing of wine but myself and the disciples won’t go hungry,” said Andrew Moriarty, who told us there were no signs of that “Da Vinci Code craic” either.

All eyes are now turning towards the Student Centre, widely regarded as the pantomime villain of UCC food outlets, to see how they will respond. Many have speculated they will start by changing their motto, which for years now has simply read “All views are my own, and now so is your money.”

Worrying times indeed.

Next time, this reporter looks at a battle we have already lost in: “IBS Surveys: Why are they here? What do they really want?”