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The Blue & Gray Press | August 21, 2019

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Policy Changes at Nest Cause Angst

Returning students may notice there has been a significant restructuring of the Eagles’ Nest’s policies.

Sodexo’s policies are getting ridiculous as they now force students purchasing multiple meals to go to the back of the line after every swipe.

Last year, you could use a meal swipe on anything equivalent to four dollars. This year, however, you are restricted to buying their pre-packaged meal-deals unless you choose to spend your Flex or EagleOne.

This particular policy restricts people with gluten allergies from eating at The Nest, because there are no gluten-free options.

This rigid structure is causing Sodexo to lose business. Also, the absurd nickel-and-diming reflects poorly on the University.
The Nest needs to return to an environment of consumer freedom and choice.

Until they do, it’s another swing-and-a-miss on the part of Mary Washington, along with the numerous problems in Eagle Landing, the original failure of the Underground to accept meals and hiring former Presidents Judy Hample and William Frawley.

The system we had last year was preferable to the rigid structure The Nest has now.

The Nest has an enormous amount of potential, but the regulation imposed upon the meal system has suppressed enthusiasm and added to the list of policy blunders that cause students to grow cynical.


  1. Alison

    Actually, you don’t have to get just the prepackaged meal deals- you can use a meal swipe for any of the stations. For the most part I like it better than last year, because when you get your meal you also get chips/ fruit and a soda/milk. So you get more for your meal. And there are many more meal options too- the some of the prepackaged to go boxes are a meal and you have more options at each station. You also don’t have to worry about keeping track of your meals as much. But I do wish that you could use meal swipes to buy incidentals like cookies or a cup of coffee. The main problem is that there isn’t much consistency among cashiers- some have let me substitute a juice, others won’t; some will let you get a fruit cup instead of a piece of fruit. I think once they get the kinks worked out and listen to a few comment card, it’ll be fine.

    Now don’t even get me started on the Underground 🙂