“Leo’s Dreams of Sushi” Falls Short

Leo O’Donovan Hall, Georgetown University’s only dining hall, has grown infamous among students from the recent health code violations to its sporadic music selection. In latest efforts to amend relations with Georgetown students who are required to purchase a meal plan for at least one year, the Dining Services hosted a lunch themed, “Leo’s Dreams of Sushi.”

These efforts come in the wake of 2 critical and 3 noncritical violations in the fall health inspection report conducted by the United States Department of Health, and student reviews that complain about the variety of food options.

Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services, Joelle Wiese wrote to The Hoya a few months prior that Aramark, the company that supplies both Georgetown University and correctional facility dining services, is trying to keep up with evolving student tastes.

“One of the trends we’ve seen is that students want more of a global palette and bolder flavors. We’re trying to tap into that, whether it’s in Grab ‘n Go or in Leo’s overall.”

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Student reaches for sushi at Leo O’Donovan Hall Thursday, Feb. 17, 2016. Photo take from @GUAuxiliarySvcs Twitter account.

However, ultimately Leo’s dreams of sushi brought focus on a reality that the dining services still haven’t managed to fully address.

Sophomore Emily Ross is required to purchase a meal plan as she lives in dorm-style housing. She was on her way to the dining hall when she viewed a Snapstory from the dining hall. “One of my friends posted a Snapstory of a hair in her sushi from Leo’s, so that made me pretty hesitant. I appreciate Leo’s efforts to revamp the dining hall and provide more options, but I’m afraid some of their endeavors are misguided, and aren’t focusing on the real problem.”

Another sophomore, Martha Strautman said the hair incident is nothing new. “There is always hair everywhere. I feel like a lot of it is just students, but then again there were all those health code violations that no one seems to talk about anymore.”

Despite the sushi lunch, and a continued rise in complaints about cleanliness in the dining hall, the Dining Service focus remains on hosting themed meals. Stay tuned for the “Ding, Ding, Ding, It’s Time for Chicken Wings” To-Go special.



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