MARILYN HAGERTY: Tons of bananas, chicken, buns, lettuce, cheeseIn a typical week, students on meal plans at UND eat 1,600 pounds of bananas. They drink 1,600 gallons of milk and finish off 750 loaves of bread. That’s not half of it. They put away 4,800 hamburger buns and 310 pounds of hamburger patties. Oh yes, and they polish off 720 pizzas.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
In a typical week, students on meal plans at UND eat 1,600 pounds of bananas. They drink 1,600 gallons of milk and finish off 750 loaves of bread.
That’s not half of it. They put away 4,800 hamburger buns and 310 pounds of hamburger patties.
Oh yes, and they polish off 720 pizzas.
The man keeping track is Orlynn Rosaasen, director of dining services. He thought when he came to Grand Forks from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn., he would stay here a couple of years. Now, 18 years have passed and he has been director for 11 years. He says Grand Forks sort of grows on you.
This September, there are 3,900 students on the meal plans. That means at least 8,000 meals a day in spite of some who would rather sleep than eat breakfast. It takes 110 full-time workers to feed the troops and about 250 part-time student workers who are students.
The meals are served at Wilkerson and Squires dining centers and in the Terrace dining room on the lower level of the Memorial Union. Many members of the football team and other athletes eat at the Terrace, although the football team often has a pre-game meal at Wilkerson. All three dining centers have their following.
And these centers are open to the general public, although UND does no promotion in the community. Those who do venture in come away with the feeling they could find anything they could think of — and more.
While Rosaasen does the managing, the duties of head chef at UND belong to Greg Gefroh. He presides at Wilkerson.
This fall, there’s a Mediterranean flavor to the food on campus. Offerings include the Greek specialty of the gyro with meat served in a pita along with other vegetables, orzo and yogurt cake.
There are kitchens in the dining centers, as well as a center for baking items such as the monster cookie. The cookie with peanut butter, coconut and M&Ms is big enough so it should be shared — whether it is or not. It is a popular item on campus. It costs $1.70.
Parents who no longer have students at home may be feeling a relief on their grocery bills. But it costs $1,937 a semester to keep a student on an unlimited plus plan. This plan is enriched with 12 guest passes that can be used for family and friends and has $150 in flex money that can be used in university coffee shops, Old Main Market Place and campus convenience stores and snack bars.
There’s an unlimited plan for $1,845. And a plan for 155 meals a semester for $1,732 that comes with a flex plan of $150. The plan for 125 meals a semester at $1,675 is enriched with $400 in flex money.
Milk comes to the campus from Land O’Lakes in Thief River Falls. And semis from Food Services of America in Fargo bring food supplies to the campus.
For those who are interested, there is instruction in etiquette offered during the year. There also is help with nutrition.
All menus are posted on the website www.dining.und.edu.
The coffee shops around campus offer Seattle’s Best coffee, but few students drink coffee as itself. Instead, they go for cappuccino, mocha or espresso.
Reach Hagerty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 772-1055.