Compass Busts a Nut
Following Northwestern’s food service provider transition, new provider Compass Group has decided to enforce nut-free dining halls across campus, effective Fall 2018.
Previously, says Compass employee Ron Stevenson, stepping into a dining hall was unsafe for not only students with nut allergies, but also people with a dedication to celibacy. “Everywhere you went, you could smell nut. Students were just leaving their nut all over the place, and the residue took forever to clean off the surfaces.”
Now that dining halls like Sargent have finally busted their final nut, Compass plans to replace some nut products with alternatives such as sunflower seed butter. This, Compass hopes, will satisfy students need for nut without putting other students in an unsafe situation. To many students, though, like Medill sophomore Christina Linden, “it feels wrong to say you’re swallowing seed at the dining hall. Nut just sounds much more appetizing.”
Weinberg junior Sam Turner is already seeing his lifestyle shift under the nut-free policy. “I guess I’m just going to have to wait until I get back to my dorm, which is kind of a pain in the ass when before I could get one in at Plex late night with all my friends around,” says Turner. “It’s definitely a little sadder to be limited to getting my nut in my room alone.”
In response to negative student feedback, Stevenson feels attacked. “As employees, we’ve really busted our nuts trying to bust nuts, and we feel that we deserve respect. At the end of the day, I want to go home and swallow a fat nut like anyone else. I’m just enforcing the rules.”