The only meals that will not be catered by Thompson Hospitality will be those costing under $100 or those that are not served in the Commons or Tiger Inn.
According to The Tiger, “Student opinion on current food and dining services at ARAMARK was mixed.” Junior John Dille noted that, “[he liked] the food [with ARAMARK], especially breakfast.” He commented that they served a good variety of choices. However, sophomore Chase Baldwin said, “the only thing they [did] right all the time [was] cereal, but the people are nice.”
The change to Thompson Hospitality has also drawn varied opinions. Baldwin thinks “the food will be better because [Thompson] is owned by alumni.” He also noted that they will probably want to impress current students and faculty. However, James Hughes ’14 believes “the food will probably be about the same. It would be hard to do it differently…”
Others appear optimistic. Freshman Tarun Sharma, who serves on Hampden-Sydney’s senate, added that “[he has] found that people are unanimously happy about the switch. The past fifty-six years have been a mutually beneficial relationship between the school and [ARAMARK], but it’s time to part ways and the general thoughts are that the food will be significantly better.”
Many Hampden-Sydney students were impressed that their past brothers “fought to bring [Thompson] to the school.” Trip Mahaney ’15 commented, “[It] says a lot about our alumni’s loyalty to the school, and that they want to bring a positive change to something that is an everyday part of student life.”
The new contract with Thompson Hospitality is expetected to take affect over the summer, beginning on June 30th or July 1st, but a formal date has yet to be announced.