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McGill Reporter
March 25, 2004 - Volume 36 Number 13
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To the editor:

It is hard to explain rationally, but I had a dream last night about our campus food services. Firstly, it was the Wong Building, where my wife was selling Polish perogies and sausages in the lobby cafeteria. I was angrily watching young students smiling too long at her while she served them my national food. It was my spontaneous reaction to inform some clients at the end of the long line that similarly tasty Lebanese food was being sold in the Physics Building. It worked well, but partially, as a handsome and fit man with dark hair wearing an expensive suit (unlike me) was still staying in the shortened line. I told him that delicious Kosher smoked meat from Schwartz's was being sold hot at the nearby Anatomy Building. Before leaving, he told me with a malicious smile that it would probably be better for me to try some healthy Tibetan monks' bread, rice and water that was being served at the Religious Studies Building. In my quick response, I informed him about the Ritz Kempinski buffet in the Administration Building that was offering low-fat lunches that were very tasty. At that moment, I was awoken by my three-year-old daughter who asked me to open a new Nutella jar - it is forbidden for me by my wife and the kids love to tease me about it.

Today during lunch, I was scratching my head in search for a politically correct explanation about this dream, and I present it as follows:

Negotiating one contract for the entire campus with the strongest food corporation would create a monopoly. By having more than one concession on campus and a more competitive environment, the students and faculty would be better serviced in quality, taste and price.

Slawomir Poplawski
Department of Mining, Metals and Materials Engineering


To the editor:

I wish to record an unusual, and yet a great experience, which demonstrated the readiness of our students to help in an unexpected, difficult situation. It happened on Tuesday, March 16. As I stepped out of the main door of the Wong Building on my way to the Schulich Library with a folder carrying loose sheets of paper, the folder, due to my sloppiness, fell on the ground and the sheets of paper got scattered. With the wind blowing they started to fly away. Alone, I would have been helpless. Thankfully, it was noticed by several students who were walking by. Almost instantly, they ran after the flying sheets of paper, gathered them and handed them back with friendly smiles! Moments later, I sorted out the sheets to put them in order. All the sheets with written material were intact; nothing was lost. If it were not for the swift action of those agile students I would have most likely lost - gone with the wind, beyond my reach - a good portion of the material, on which I had worked for several hours in the library. Undoubtedly, this was a commendable example of the character of our students, not simply watching and looking, but getting into action to help in a difficult situation. Well done, students, and thank you (sorry, I don't know you by names). Keep up this such positive character that helps to enhance the quality of life for all. I know you will.

S. Ramachandra Rao
Department of Mining, Metals and Materials Engineering

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