As a junior Bible/theology major, I practically live in the Johnson Center. And because of its remote location—far from Froggy’s or Regula Café or the cafeteria—I frequently attend classes hungry.
And I know I’m not alone.
Sometimes when class lets out early or gets cancelled, I see my fellow classmates rush up the JC hill to get their first meal of the day. They’ll come back ecstatic that they actually got to eat.
It is for this reason that we cried out for a place to eat in the JC. And we reveled at the idea that Froggy’s would have an outlet for food after chapel for that vital time in between classes.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out quite as planned. It seemed like the big crowd of people that pour out of the chapel deterred most students from enjoying the lunch the small café would provide. It certainly did for me. The time between chapel and class is such a short span that I didn’t have the ability to get food and run to my only class across campus. Then when I returned to the JC, the café was no longer open.
What began as a celebrated idea turned out to be impractical, and they shut down the café. I am not so much grieved at this as I am that I still don’t eat some days. What may have been more practical is a small café that provides food longer than just after chapel for the students of the music, art and theology departments that stay in the JC.
To sum up, I’m glad that Malone responded to our hungry cry, and I’m sad that it didn’t work out. But perhaps this failed experiment will open the door to other solutions to these problems. For this, I have hope.