I had a meal plan for two years at UNC. Now, if I happen to go through the Pit during the 12:20 class change, I have flashbacks of spending 30 minutes doing rounds around Lenoir, desperately trying to find a table.
We’d spend more time circling the dining hall than we would actually eating. We’d stare down people who were done eating but still had the audacity to be sitting at their table. One time, my friend and I saw a girl ask someone if they were leaving when they literally putting food in their mouth.
People got desperate. Sometimes you would see six people crowded around a two-person table, just to get a seat. Worst case scenario, some people would eat while still actively looking for a table.
This experience leaves me to ask — how did they approve such a small amount space and such few tables when they knew how many people would be eating there each day?
While we’re at it, I have a lot of questions about how Carolina approves things. Luckily for me, senior writer Eva Ellenburg answered the question of how textbooks get approved at UNC this week, amid discussion over a particularly controversial online textbook assigned this year.