Culinary options at ULV skewered
Posted April 13, 2007

Once again Sodexho and Davenport have let down the students of the University of La Verne.

The Leo Spot, the small café located next to the University bookstore has been relocated to inside Davenport Dining Hall.

Yes, that is correct, it has been relocated to inside our cafeteria because it makes total sense.

Excuse the sarcasm, but now instead of selling smoothies, coffee, sandwiches and salads in another location as another option to students, the decision has been made to sell these items in a place you could already get them, with the exception of the smoothies.

We understand the rationality in moving the Leo Spot to inside Davenport. It will save money and maybe get a tad bit more foot traffic, but in reality isn’t it taking away from what the students want and need?

The point of having the Leo Spot was to offer the students, faculty and staff another option besides Davenport. For the on campus students who eat in Davenport two to three meals a day sometimes you just need a change of scenery.

Or when students are on the go and they don’t have time to stand around at Davenport it was nice to be able to go to the Leo Spot and grab a sandwich and be on your way.

Sorry La Verne, the days of the quiet and quick Leo Spot visits are over.

But lucky for us they are now open for “ extended” hours. The Davenport version of the Leo Spot is open from 1-7 p.m. We are unsure if the managers of the Leo Spot understand the meaning of extended because the old Leo Spot was open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

We write better than we do math, but we are sure the Leo Spot was open longer at its former location.

The new location also has a more limited menu; no longer can you order a latte because there is no room for the machine in Davenport. Maybe that is the reason for the afternoon hours because most people don’t need their coffee at 1 p.m.

As place of higher learning you would think that whoever is in charge would understand what the students are looking for. No wonder students did not make the effort to walk to the bookstore to get their coffee when Circle K is much closer.

You have to create an atmosphere that students want to be a part of in order to get their business. We need a place to go that is relaxing, and fun to hang out in. Throw down some bean bags, set a radio to a decent station, turn a TV to MTV and then sell smoothies and sandwiches and then maybe students might make an effort to buy your food.

As a matter of fact, stick a smoothie bar in Leo’s Den and we would be set. The University used to have the Spot in the Super tents before it was decided to rip out the insides and remodel everything.

Students to this day still talk about how much they enjoyed having the Spot.

We don’t understand why the University doesn’t take some notes from the past and just implement them now. Maybe we are just expecting too much.

Culinary options at ULV skewered

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