is the name of the game at former gym
join the discussions on how Bartlett can best serve its hungry
to the general din of campus construction are spirited discussions
about how best to set up Bartlett Gymnasium when it reopens
as a dining commons in fall 2001. The question at hand: à la
carte or traditional all-you-can-eat buffet?
with à la carte is that it screws up the house table system,"
says Carolyn Chong, '01, the Magazine's student assistant and
a member of the Inter-House Council (IHC), which has been discussing
the logistics of Bartlett dining this fall. Many students have
expressed concerns that a "grab-and-go" plan could damage the
sense of community that students develop by sharing daily meals
with their housemates. "But because of where it is, Bartlett's
also going to end up accommodating a lot of upperclassmen who
eat on campus during the day, and that's where à la carte is
going to work best," says Chong.
the final decision won't be announced until spring, it is shaping
up to be a hybrid of the two options: traditional all-you-can-eat
during breakfast and dinner and à la carte for lunch. Student
surveys and focus groups have helped steer the administration
in choosing the dining plan, menu, and layout. Students on the
Dining Advisory Board meet monthly with administrators and discuss
"big-picture issues." "The house system is something we are
extremely sensitive to and will monitor very closely," says
Stephen Klass, deputy dean of housing and dining services and
assistant dean of the College. "House tables will be instituted
immediately upon opening [Bartlett next fall]."
dining hall for the Max Palevsky Residential Commons, Bartlett
will seat 550 students. The layout calls for an archipelago
of food stations serving everything from "comfort" foods like
meat loaf and rotisserie chicken to pan-Asian fare, including
stir-fry, tandoori, and sushi. A multi-ethnic island will offer
Caribbean, Mexican, and Greek cuisine, and there will be a vegan
section and a brick oven for pizza.
the looks of the 96-year-old structure, not much will change.
The carved wooden staircase, stained-glass window, and entryway
mural will remain, as will the suspended track. The entire space
and stone exterior is being cleaned and restored.