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Early Lunch Draws Mixed Reaction from Student Body

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The new lunch timing this year, with first lunch now starting at 11:00 instead of 12:00, has some students upset and hungry for answers.

“I think it is a little too early because if you grab breakfast in the morning lunch is only two hours after, and you’re not really that hungry.” said Jake Durocher ’18.

Jake’s classmates agree. “I think it is terrible, because if you have first lunch you are starving the rest of the day,” Kevin Lassman ’19 added.

These two boarding students have a very strong point. From breakfast until first lunch there is a 2 hour and 40 minute time gap. However, there are six hours between first lunch and dinner.

Many student athletes say they try to quickly squeeze in another meal prior to practice.

For those who are unaware, the prior lunch schedule was first lunch at 12:00 and second lunch at 1:00. Although some students may have disagreed with the old lunch schedule, most would say that it was the ideal timing from breakfast, to lunch, to afterschool activities.

Durocher commented that “you don’t have to fix what’s not broken.” He added that he believes the lunch schedule “worked fine last year.”

Both respondents added that they assume “H Block” is the cause of the change in lunch time. Although they both enjoy the 20 minute break in the day, Durocher jokingly added that “school ending at 3:00 is inhumane.”

Alex Rivenburgh, a fourth year History Teacher and Dorm Parent in Ford Hall, countered Durocher’s and Lassman’s statements. Rivenburgh claimed that even though the new lunch timing “was a tough one at first,” he thinks that “it makes sense when you look where the middle of the day is for everyone.”

Some students agree with Rivenburgh and believe that having first lunch earlier is helpful, especially if you are unable to make it to breakfast in the morning. This way you can make it through the first two blocks of the day without too hungry.

Also, grabbing a quick snack before practice can hold you over until dinner, and you are able to get well needed calories in prior to your activity.

Regardless of the time change for lunch, students always are able to make a quick sandwich from the Dining Hall or order food from the Stu Bop, leaving plenty of options for them to grab food when they are hungry.

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