A love letter to Sodexo

Nowhere at TU can you find a more diverse culture than in the beloved Pat Case dining center. Mold. I am talking about mold.

Sodexo, known worldwide for its London broil, mediocre at best sushi and private prisons, has run our on-campus dining for as long as anyone cares to remember, or I presume. I didn’t ask anyone. This long-term dedication to the well-being of our students should not go unappreciated.

Only fake TU students eat Chick-Fil-A. Only because they aren’t owned by Sodexo, to be clear. It isn’t the gay thing. Because I support free speech, I make sure to not just give money to those I agree with, but also to those who wish to take away the basic human rights of my loved ones. I am no commie. For this same reason, I only drink Black Rifle Coffee. It tastes like shit, but that is a small price to pay for freedom of speech.

Back before the pandemic, we had The Hurricane Hut and The Pat Case Dining center, which honestly was too many choices for me as a consumer. Because of the pandemic, Sodexo made the sensible choice to minimize chances of infection by concentrating all student dining in the same building. This is Design Thinking at its finest, or so I presume. I didn’t listen in my freshman orientation class. Another positive externality of this great choice is The Hurricane Hut provided the only on-campus access to alcohol, and since its closure not one student has managed to obtain alcohol, eliminating all alcohol-based injuries and completely ridding the campus of hazing.

When entering a Sodexo-owned establishment, the workers will always greet you with a smile, as they will be immediately fired otherwise. By firing anyone who even mentions the word “union,” Sodexo ensures that it will be able to maintain its cheap prices, prices comparable to other fine dining establishments in Tulsa. Only through competent management could they achieve this. The Collins College of Business could learn a few things from them.

Speaking of business, I am sure we all can admire Sodexo’s bold marketing strategy of cornering the market by requiring a meal plan for freshmen and sophomores and by punishing poorer students by making each meal 160% of the base cost in the cheapest plans. Sure, many students go to bed hungry, but all good business plans do that.

While some might argue that they would prefer a food company with fewer torture lawsuits aimed at them, I learned in my business 101 class that morality does not make money. This university has struggled financially in the past few decades. These financial problems have stemmed from one area: morality. We can no longer afford to give out degrees that do not make weapons for the US military or provide data for the NSA. In that same vein, we cannot let ourselves be held back by a few violations of international law.

Post Author: Kyle Garrison