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Not so ‘Fresh and Natural’ after all

Luis Guzman, Managing Multimedia Editor

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Fresh and Natural getting a “C” rating is not acceptable for Cerritos College students. The students deserve something better than this.

At first, it was a good idea having a new food vendor coming into the mix at Cerritos College, with promises from the student government that this new vendor, Fresh and Natural, will be a healthier choice.

Frantone’s and Chicago Harv’s weren’t vendors that showcased or promised healthy food choices to the students.

That’s what made Fresh and Natural so enticing for the student government, it made the switch from Frantone’s and Chicago Harv’s.

Some students got excited when they heard this news, it was a good change from what they have been eating for the past years.

But do the students’ opinions change with Fresh and Natural’s new restaurant rating? It should be something that students should be concerned about, especially if the result they expected does not pan out.

Students were promised a vendor that would offer healthier food choices, but that was far from reality when Fresh and Natural got that “C” rating this fall semester.

It’s an ironic situation because Frantone’s and Chicago Harv’s had an “A” and a “B” rating, respectively.

Naturally, students are going to make this comparison with what Fresh and Natural got.

Not a lot of information has come out about the specifics on why Fresh and Natural got the rating it got, but it had to get the rating for a reason.

This should change, the students deserve better than this. I’m not saying that we should get rid of the new vendor; doing that would be something that would be too rash at this point.

However, there are standards that Fresh and Natural needs to comply with.

Who in his right mind would want to eat somewhere where the food is not being handled properly? There are students on campus that expect cleanliness when having food prepared.

It’s not like we’re asking for five-star-restaurant-quality vendors each time a new vendor comes to Cerritos College.

The school has been making strides already with projects like Go-Green, hydration centers and bike stations for the benefit of the students.

Even the prices of the new vendors are much more pricey than what Frantone’s and Chicago Harv’s had for food options.

With that being said, Cerritos College should give Fresh and Natural a chance to right the wrongs that have been committed.

Maybe ASCC should act upon this and give the vendor (split into two) a week or two to make necessary adjustments.

Students should give Fresh and Natural time to change the rating; maybe have it close down for about a week, so that Fresh and Natural can improve on that grading.

Student government should take this as a lesson and think twice about who it is that that the school is going to bring in the future.

If it doesn’t make efforts to change, then Cerritos College should think about kicking the vendor out.

As an institution, Cerritos College has to be progressive went it comes to issues like this. Cerritos College is a progressive college, and it shouldn’t stop being progressive now.

When we got something that can be a problem in the future, we should fix the issue before it turns into a much bigger issue.

What if students got sick? Having food poisoning and diarrhea is not something that a student would want to enjoy at all.

Cerritos College should pay attention to it if it doesn’t want to face any problems with complaints.

Students have classes and individual problems to worry about; jobs that should be committed to; and other responsibilities that should be attended to.

If students want to see this problem fixed, they should address their concerns at an ASCC Senate meeting. Let’s have one less issue that we should have to worry about.

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Luis Guzman, Managing Multimedia Editor

Fall 2014

Hey guys and gals, my name is Luis Guzman. I am journalism student at Cerritos College, I’ve been going there for about three years now. I...

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