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Manners matter: School services are a privilege, not a right

By Marisa RussellSpecial to the Chronicle

As much as Hofstra students claim to hate Lackmann Culinary Services, the attitude toward the people that serve us food every day is atrocious.

Imagine working behind a sandwich counter for eight hours a day, taking orders and making food for countless rude college students. Would hearing nasty comments about your service and never receiving a “please” or “thank you” throughout the day make you work any faster?

Students constantly complain about the University’s food services, never taking a moment to thank the hands that feed them. Yes, we pay for our food, and yes, we pay these people to work here, but none of our actions prove that we are worthy of excellent service.

I once witnessed a student shouting at the woman making his smoothie over the fact that the stand ran out of bananas before 3 p.m., and therefore, this student could not receive a peanut butter and banana smoothie.

We should be thankful that we have so many food options and that they are much better than those at many other schools. We can show more appreciation for what we have with a simple thank you or kind tone.

Public Safety is also treated poorly. So what if Public Safety doesn’t show up three minutes after you call them when you were locked out of your room at 2 a.m.? Complaining about the service that they provide will not motivate them to move any faster. Public Safety often has much more serious issues to handle.

Then when officers do respond, students fail to thank or appreciate their efforts to arrive on time to unlock their door before they are late to class.

As the semester draws to a close, we need to think about ending on a positive note with those who help us survive our time here at Hofstra. Think about thanking the man who serves you pasta, or saying hello to your Public Safety officer, or even wishing someone around you a good day.

Kindness goes a long way, and it’s something that Hofstra students need to work a little bit harder on.

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