If there are two things teenagers love most they would have to be doing what they want to do and, of course, food! At Lincoln Park we already have the privilege of doing what we want because of our majors, which makes our school amazing as it is. But now there’s a plan in the works that could improve our food service, too.
After the assembly on the first day of school, when Dr. Trombetta presented the idea of a new dining hall, many students seemed excited.
“If we had a food court this school would be the best school in the world,” one junior said as she left the theater. “I mean, imagine how awesome it would be to brag about that!”
Of course it would be awesome. What school can say it has a food court?
But even if we don’t get a food court, which has been rumored but not confirmed, there are lots of advantages to a new dining hall. It might have better food, because meals could be prepared on-site, and definitely will give us more space. With the population of Lincoln Park growing the way it is, we will eventually need more room. And hopefully, the new building will even make the lunch lines smaller! That’s something we definitely need.
However, we’ve also heard some complaints about this new facility. People are concerned about cutting down the tree closest to the stage. They also worry about keeping the size of the park the way it is now. And some have fretted that the new dining hall might mean students can no longer eat outside.
We agree that the concern about preserving the size of the park is reasonable. The park gave our school its name, and it’s important to us. But because we already know that only one tree will be removed, we’re assuming the dining hall won’t be too big. Based on the sketches Dr. Trombetta showed us, the building won’t detract from the beauty of the park. Also, Dr. Trombetta himself said he imagines students using the outdoor part of the dining hall.
Yes, there are concerns. But we believe that we can all agree they are outweighed by the advantages of the dining hall.
One student put it best following the first-day assembly. “So now we would have everything. Short lunch lines, the best food, an awesome school. I mean, seriously, could this school get better?” she said.
“Oh wait, there’s one more thing we could use,” she laughed, as she put her head down on her desk. “Nap time.”