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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Is university's trayless effort necessary?

By Craig Niehaus
May 21, 2013 | 5:57 p.m. CDT

I see that MU is taking pride in its "no tray for you!" policy in the dorm cafeterias. The university reports that the move has reduced waste as students no longer take more food that they can eat. The effort, spearheaded by students, has also helped the university “stave off rising food costs.” (Wonder if room and board charges have been reduced proportionately, with similar portions?)

MU officials, who turned down the opportunity to host the filming of “Animal House” on campus back in the 1970s, must have viewed the famous food fight scene recently, watching Belushi pile his tray high, pretend to be a zit, spew out his mashed potatoes and start the brawl. Mustn’t have any of that going on around the columns.

Did those environmentally conscious students, saving those tons of waste, ever think about the poor raccoons and opossums who rely on dumpster diving to feed their families? No wildlife on campus now, other than activity in Greektown.

Will it become a trend? Will a "Pick Two," pumpkin muffie and medium coffee at Panera require three trips to the counter? Let’s hope this trend doesn’t spread 120 miles eastward.

One of the most important parts of the college experience is to learn how to handle freedom, and exhibit self-control. I think that the best and brightest of MU can handle a cafeteria tray with good judgment and maturity.

Craig Niehaus is a resident of Glendale and a 1979 graduate of MU.