After introducing concepts like sushi nights and chocolate bars, Boston College Dining Services (BCDS) has made its next move to enrich students’ dining and vending options.
Students have been asking for having minimarts for a long time, according to Helen Wechsler, dining director of BCDS. "We think it is a good way to satisfy the students’ need and also raise revenue so that we don’t have to raise the meal plan," she said. “It is a good way to earn profit. The most popular items are diet Coke, candies and Chobani Yogurt,” Wechsler said.
On the Fly adds more options for dining, according to some students. “On the fly provides different options for students and I think that is better than the other regular dining bars” said Donny Wang, CSOM 16’. Wang usually goes to McElroy for lunch, Lower for dinner and Stuart for late night because that fits his schedule best. After tasting nearly all the dishes at BC, he said, “On The Fly is very different and I give it 7 out of 10. The only thing that lowers its score is that it is too crowded.”
However, students have different opinions about the minimarts. An anonymous senior complained about the one at Lower.“It is relatively small and lack of variety, compared to the one at Mac," she said. "The location of On The Fly at Lower is not bad. Since it is in the corner and there is no evident sign, people don’t even know it is there.”
Wechsler said that BCDS is open to student input. “We have comment cards near the cashiers. Please feel free to stop by and drop any comments you have on comment cards," she said. "Currently, we don’t have any plans to open new minimart,” Wechsler added.
On The Fly Minimarts were opened at the beginning of the fall 2012 semester. They are located on the second floor of Corcoran Commons, the third floor of McElroy and the Stuart at Newton Campus. They provide yogurt, microwave entries, dorm snacks, candies, cereal and beverages.