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Carolina Dining Services increases PLUS swipe totals on student meal plans

Students will have more PLUS swipes on their meal plans for the spring semester, Carolina Dining Services announced on Jan. 27. 

PLUS swipes allow students to use their meal plans to eat combo meals outside dining halls, at locations like Med Deli, Chick-fil-A, Alpine Bagel and Subway. With the change, students can now use one PLUS swipe per day, depending on meal plans — instead of the usually allotted two swipes per week. 

“By adding more PLUS swipes, we can provide students with more variety and convenience, particularly the meal plan holders, and students who may be a good distance from Chase are also given more convenience to get to a dining location,” Scott Myers, director of auxiliary services, said. 

Mary Calnan, a sophomore majoring in human development and family studies, said the increase in PLUS swipes helped ease her concerns about running out of swipes. 

“I like that they increased the number of PLUS swipes we get each week,” Canlan said. “Now I don’t have to think about saving them or worry about whether or not I have any left.”

Calnan said she is excited about being able to use a PLUS swipe daily. 

“They gave us enough to be able to use one almost every day of the week if we really wanted to, which is really nice because I like going to places like Subway or Chick-fil-A,” she said. 

Jean Lazaro Camejo Zuniga, a first-year student majoring in political science, said he is excited about having more variety in his meals instead of just dining hall food. 

“Dining hall food is great,” Camejo said. “It’s just that now you have other options and we can pick where we want to eat every day with the meals we most desire.”

According to the CDS website, the additional PLUS swipes are meant to offer students more dining options and opportunities amid the challenges of this semester. 

“We came into this semester not knowing exactly how many students are going to be around and where they are going to be," Myers said, "so we just adjusted the program to bring more value and variety to it based on what we could do."

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