Coffee has become an essential part of the average college student’s daily routine. Whether it be at seven in the morning before a class, an afternoon pick me up, or a caffeine fix for those all nighters dedicated to last minute homework, it is an addiction to some, and once in awhile craving to others. However, at The University of Tampa, coffee addicts can’t have their fix whenever they want. As a starbucks barista and coffee loving college student here at UT, I am outraged. If you’re living on campus without a car, it’s eight at night on a Sunday and you want a good ol’ cup of Joe, you can just forget about that.
There are four dining areas on campus in which coffee is served: Einstein’s Bagels, Jazzman’s Cafe, The Rathskellar, and the Dining Hall. Einstein’s is open Monday through Thursday from 7 am to 7 pm, Friday from 7 am to 4 pm, and Saturday through Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. Jazzman’s opens at the same time as Einstein’s but closes at 11 pm from Monday through Thursday and 2 pm on Friday. The ratherskellar is open from Monday through Friday from 8 am to 2 pm and it’s not open at all during the weekends. Lastly, is the dining hall, which opens at 7 am during the week and closes 8 pm, and 7 pm on Friday. On the weekends, it opens at 9 am and closes at 7 pm.
Notice a pattern here? The latest that you can ever get coffee during the week is 11 am and that doesn’t include weekends. Personally, this upsets me very much. Coffee should be available to students whenever. The thing that bothers me the most is that all of my friends’ colleges have some type of coffee shop(usually starbucks, which I prefer over Jazzman’s anyway) that is open 24 hours, seven days a week. The school is doing good money-wise, so why do they have to be so cheap? Sure, they would have to hire more workers(meaning pay more workers), but it will help them in the long run. Afterall, the students like their coffee; therefore, they will be buying more of it than they already are. It’s a win,win situation!
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