Students wake early for morning meal

Eden Cohen, Managing Editor

College students may be notorious for long nights and drowsy mornings, but that does not prove true for all students. A surprising number wake early for breakfast at Pitt-Johnstown.

Sophomore Stephanie White said she frequents the Varsity Café for breakfast weekday mornings. She said she goes at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, and 8:30 a.m. every other day. She likes to go before her 9 a.m. class, she said.

White said she goes to the Varsity Café because she already paid for a meal plan. She has two meals allotted for each day, she said, and likes to go to breakfast and dinner.

If the Varsity Café did not exist, she said she may not have chosen to live in the Living and Learning Center. White said she would probably still eat breakfast at the Student Union cafeteria if the Varsity Café didn’t exist; the Student Union is close enough to the academic buildings to be worth the walk.

White said she usually sees about eight other people in the cafe in the mornings.

During the entire breakfast period, the number appears to be higher. Sodexo employee Polly Felton estimated between 50 and 70 students visit the Varsity Café for breakfast. Their breakfast stretches from 7:30 to 10 a.m. weekdays.

Felton said most students rush in after 8 a.m.

Significantly more students frequent the Student Union cafeteria. Sodexo employee Brian Prindle estimated about 100 to 200 students visit the cafeteria between 7 and 9:30 a.m.

According to the Sodexo record book, the number peaked at 166 people on one day last week.

Freshman Mitchell Saxton said he is typically one of those students. He said he usually eats in the cafeteria at 9 a.m.

Saxton said he goes to breakfast because he can focus better in class if he isn’t hungry. He prefers the cafeteria because he can eat a lot of food.

Fellow freshman Naijaa Michel said she prefers not to eat the cafeteria’s breakfast.

“If I want a bagel and cream cheese I’ll go to the Brioche (Doree), but the Tuck (Shop) is good for breakfast burritos and sandwiches,” she said.

Michel said she eats the cafeteria’s breakfast on weekends, but only with her friends.

Michel only recently started eating breakfast, she said, because she has a break after her 8 a.m. class.

She usually sees between 10 and 20 people sitting at the tables near Brioche Doree while she eats, she said.