Although this may be old news for some of you, I've been busy with exams and lucky enough to ignore my least favorite campus news outlet - The Hatchet - for the last few weeks. Still, locked in Gelman for three days and getting seriously tired of presidential history and Snood, I started surfing the Web for something interesting to read.
With that in mind, you're probably asking why I would ever go to www.gwhatchet.com? Well, as much as I agree, I decided I felt like hating on an extremely easy target.
So what's new and late-breaking in Foggy Bottom this week? Apparently workers in J street, GW's equivalent of a dining hall, are dissatisfied with their working conditions. They voiced their concerns in the form of a letter to their union:
The "Bad Taste" Petition also states that Sam Ramos, Sodexo director of operations at GW, verbally abuses and harasses workers.I think I speak for everyone when I say this- J street dining is some of the worst customer service I've ever had. And I mean anywhere. Thus I naturally took an interest in the story.
I say good for Sam Ramos; somebody needs to whip the workers into shape. But that's not the topic of this post. After reading the story, I left with far more questions than answers.
Since I can only bash the Hatchet so much for its laziness and lack of substance, I thought I'd throw my questions out there and see if people share my interest. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a "real" journalist so my questions might be totally off-base. But something tells me they're just plain, old common sense. What do you think?
- First, and I think most obviously seeing as how the Hatchet is a college newspaper, I think it's pretty important to get STUDENT INPUT on the matter. And I'm not talking about input from a liberal out of the mainstream student organization. I'm talking about real students who are forced by the university to spend their money on Wendy's with a serious side-order of sass.
- Second, I think the Hatchet reporter should have given some indication where the dispute is heading next. Union organizers probably have a lot to say on the matter. Digging deeper and finding their plans to deal with Sodexho would probably be a good start.