Cafeteria temperatures fall below tolerable numbers, ruin lunch

The cafeteria is too cold!

Senior Damon Shekari sits in the chilling cold as he carefully chooses a condiment. Even on a blazing hot day, students like Damon must wear sweatshirts and jackets just to eat lunch in the cafeteria. Students have no control over how cold or hot the cafeteria is. Photo by: Graig Alvarez

I used to love going to lunch. It was an opportunity to socialize with my friends, check my phone, and eat my food.

Now I hate it with a passion. My freshman year the cafeteria settled at room temperature. Now the cafeteria is usually at a steady sixty degrees with the ac units blowing 30 miles an hour. Some days my lunch gets blown off the table.

The last two weeks you could see your breath in the cafeteria. If you forget to bring a jacket, which is a key necessity to survive at this school, you have the choice of eating outside alone or eating inside and risk getting third degree frostbite. I’m surprised that that icicles have not formed on the ceiling yet, but that might come later.

“I feel like I’m eating in Antarctica.”

Cole Ross, Junior

The school needs to change this because lunch is the only time we are able to converse without getting yelled at by a teacher, or use our phones without them ending up in Mrs. Calkins’ office and serving a detention. If you go and get food from the cafeteria your food will be cold by the time you sit down. Even if you wear a heavy jacket like a Patagonia or a North Face, you are still freezing to the bone.

Finally, the fans need to be turned off at all times. The cafeteria is already sixty degrees, so why in God’s name do the fans need to be on when the air conditioning unit are blowing at a million miles an hour? Lunch is our only free time. When the administration refuses to make it warmer, the best period becomes unbearable.

Liam McMahon is a Junior at St. Thomas he enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, and being with friends