Notre Dame Food Services worked this summer to add more low calorie and multicultural options to the dining hall menus, responding to student demand for healthier options. Marc Poklinkowski, general manager of South Dining Hall Food Services, said the changes were made directly in response to the student surveys that are completed at the end of each semester. “If I had to sum up what the four to five hundred students said on the survey, it’s, ‘OK, we need to get healthier.’ I think we’ve addressed a lot of those issues in the changes we made this year,” he said. One noticeable change to the dining hall menu is the addition of red pepper hummus, which Poklinkowski said has been extremely popular so far this year. He said that all of the hummus is made by the Food Service support facility right off campus. “There’s a possibility that we will make different types of specialty hummus in the future,” he said. Student body president Catherine Soler said student government, aware of how popular hummus is with students, worked to provide more flavor options. “One of our platform ideas was better hummus, and we expressed this to Notre Dame Food Services. We found out that they actually made hummus in the plant off campus, and that there were new opportunities available there,” she said. “In the end we decided on red pepper hummus.” Poklinkowski said a notable change is the addition of Greek and Indian cuisine. “The Pan-American station is turned to Greek food once every twelve days. We did that to break up the monotony,” he said. “All day we have gyros, spanakopita, pita chips, spicy feta, spicy Mediterranean relish, among other Greek foods.” Every 12 days, Indian cuisine will replace the homestyle line, Poklinkowski said. “We had quite a few people [on the survey] ask for Indian foods,” he said. “One of the managers at the dining hall is Indian, so he came up with some home recipes. The unit chef over at North worked with him to put [those recipes] into Notre Dame terms.” Tuesday is the first day South Dining Hall will serve Indian cuisine. Indian beef, chicken and vegetarian dishes will be offered, in addition to sides and rices. Poklinkowski said small changes have also been made to the salad line at South. “At the end of the salad line we are going to have a second variety salad, for example a buffalo chicken salad, a tomato walnut salad or a chicken Caesar, kind of like the ones that are prepared for lunch at North,” he said. “We are still figuring out the logistics … we don’t have the space to make them made-to-order.” Other changes this year, Poklinkowski said, include new Sunkist flavored waters, craisins at the end of the salad line and “skinny buns” (90-calorie pita buns) on the deli line. Tina Aalfs, operations manager of North Dining Hall Food Services, said North Dining Hall will integrate the Indian and Mediterranean cuisines into its menu after fall break. “We’re planning on running each concept four days at a time, so we’ll have Indian for four days, Mediterranean for four days and Mexican for four days.” For now, the biggest changes at North Dining Hall are apparent from the moment you walk in the building. “Physically, the building’s changed,” she said. “[Over the summer] they painted the walls and installed new carpeting.” While the new paint and carpet jobs are certainly cause for excitement, regular North Dining Hall-goers say they are ecstatic about the return of the spoons to their regular spot beside the forks and knives. “Last year, I accidentally would take two forks because they did not have spoons on the utensil tray,” junior Rebecca Huffer said. “It’s nice to get my utensils all in one place now.” Cereal enthusiasts who love to mix and match should be aware that five cereals provided last semester will go out of rotation by the end of September. “We keep our 15 heaviest used cereals, and the bottom five rotate out each year,” Poklinkowski said. “Rice Krispies, Apple Jacks, Cocoa Krispies, Rice Chex, Captain Crunch and Cheerios are the six that got voted out, so they will likely be gone in a month or so.”
Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Daily GazetteEach January, the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission’s MLK Coalition and all Americans join together to honor the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, Jr.In 2018, marked the 50th anniversary of that tragic day on which Dr. King’s life was taken, making this a fitting opportunity as we are in a new decade and our in critical times in our nation to reflect upon some of the most important principles that Dr. King fought for-those of liberty, peace, equality and justice for all. Last year marked the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was born on Jan. 15, 1929.Dr. King was dedicated to achieving his vision of civil rights for all people and his voice and words were heard by millions across our great nation and the world. He was committed to human rights, civil rights and social justice and had a determination to follow a course of social change through non-violent means and which cost him his life for us to have the human rights and civil rights we have in America today. The King we rarely talk about fought to remake America’s political and economic system from the ground up.Fifty years after he was assassinated in Memphis and celebrating his 90th birthday, I pose a question to you: How should we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Dr. King has been primarily positively portrayed through his magnificent “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.King called on America to live up to its historic ideals of equal rights, in which all people would be defined by the “content of their character” and not the color of their skin. One major failing in how we remember King is our typing of him as a civil rights leader, the activist and pastor. However, we do not type him as a Baptist pastor, preacher, theologian and scholar.But King offered just such an analysis. Remembering King’s unfinished fight for economic justice, broadly conceived, might help us to better understand the relevance of his legacy to us today.It might help us to realize that King’s moral discourse about the gap between the “haves and the have-nots” resulted from his role in the labor movement as well as in the civil rights movement. The nation may honor him now, but we should also remember the right-wing crusade against him in his own time as he sought just alternatives to America’s exploitative racial capitalism. How we remember King matters.It helps us to see where we have been and to understand King’s unfinished agenda for our own times and generations to come. Ang A. Morris is executive director of the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census We know him as a civil rights advocate, but he also waged a lifelong struggle for economic justice and the empowerment of poor and working-class people of all colors.Beyond his dream of civil rights lay a demand that every person have the right to vote, adequate food, education, a decent job and income and housing. In the months before he traveled to Memphis in 1968 to participate in a garbage-workers’ strike and was assassinated, King had been crisscrossing the country for weeks, promoting a multi-racial coalition to pressure Congress to reallocate money from the Vietnam War to money for human needs.In a speech dated March 10, 1968, which took place in New York City, King said:“One America is flowing with the milk of prosperity and honey of equality and that America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and materials necessities for their bodies, culture and education for their minds, freedom and human dignity for their spirits.“But as painfully aware of the fact that there is another America, and that other America has daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope with the fatigue of despair” King called it the “Poor People’s Campaign,” and it promoted an “economic bill of rights for all Americans,” which included five pillars: a meaningful job at a living wage; a secure and adequate income; access to land; access to capital, especially for poor people and minorities; and the ability for ordinary people to “play a truly significant role” in the government. In 2020, when “everything decent and fair in American life” is under threat, as King also said it was during his time, we might do well to remember his fight for economic justice as part of King’s dream for a better America that was all encompassing.
Central parklands with crossing bridge and landscaped recreation and play spaces. Photo: SuppliedA masterplanned residential community at Walloon has welcomed its 300th resident.Soon to marry new residents, Byron Johnson and Kate Hill, are two of the newest residents settling into their new home at Waterlea.In June 2018, army Private Byron Johnson accepted his first military posting at the RAAF Amberley nearby the Walloon township and purchased his first home, a Waterlea land and house package. Kate Hill and Byron Johnson are new residents at Waterlea. In September, he met Kate, an Ipswich-based social worker – the pair are now engaged.Together they moved into their Waterlea home as building works completed in March 2019with wedding bells ringing in April. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMr Johnson said buying at Waterlea was a simple decision.“Waterlea is close to the RAAF base where I am stationed for the next two years, and the lot and house package was within my price range. Done deal,” he said.“In June 2018, I started looking and purchased within three weeks. Waterlea was the firstand only development that I considered. The other new house communities were too far awayfrom my work, or the land cost was prohibitive.”Mr Johnson said he purchased a 480sq m block.“At the time of purchase, before I met my fiancé Kate, it was only me living in the house, so it was large enough without requiring too much maintenance. Equally, I had a budget that I did not want to exceed,” he said.The home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage.Inside there are black taps, tiled floors and kitchen bench top, a neutral colour carpet and white walls and joinery. Waterlea Walloon is a $350 million award-winning masterplanned community south of Brisbane on the outskirts of Ipswich. Waterlea is comprised of 13 villages which includes a network of walking and cycling trails, parklands and waterways, and is walking distance to the historic town of Walloon.