Food FAQ

Let's Make it Healthier

Many student customers are concerned with healthier aspects of dining life. Union Market is happy to do our part in providing food with less fats and oils. Items traditionally deep fat fried are now baked, if possible. Union Market always uses less oil in recipes than called for and adjusts some recipes to eliminate oil. When oil must be added, we prefer canola oils or those with no trans fatty acids. It is reasonable to steer away from French fries, onion rings and other deep fried foods if you wish to maintain a low-fat diet.

Navigational Techniques

We are excited that the days of standing in line for a meal are finally over. As you enter the Union Market, trays and serviceware are located to your right. From there, it's up to you.
If people are gathered in one area, start with another where it's not so busy and move according to the flow of the crowd. Some stations will naturally have lines, such as the Southside Deli, Pizza to Order, or any display cooking areas. If you have time, the short wait in those areas should be worthwhile.
If you order a sandwich in the Southside Deli, place your order before visiting other areas, such as the drink station, salad and dessert areas. Upon your return, our goal is to have your sandwich waiting for you.

Dining Etiquette

We are proud of our new facility and wish to keep it looking new and fresh for many years to come. You can help us by following a few simple guidelines:

  • Leave your book bags at the entry in the areas provided before you enter the servery. If you wish to study during your meal or hold a study group, please feel free to retrieve your book bags after purchasing your meal.
  • Serving yourself is nice, but can sometimes create problems in keeping the food and surrounding area clean and appetizing for the customers who follow you. Your help is appreciated.
  • Refrain from sitting on tables or moving them to new locations. For safety reasons, the main aisles need to stay clear at all times.
  • Serviceware such as dishes, trays, silverware, etc., are not to be removed from the dining room. Take-out supplies are available.
  • Accidental spills should be brought to the attention of a dining service worker so that we may help you clean it up. Messes made due to child's play are your responsibility to clean up. A dining service worker will be happy to provide you with a broom, mop or cleaning products.
  • You are welcome to stay as long as you wish in the dining room. Closing time will be 10:00 p.m The dining room will also be open Sabbath afternoons during the winter months.

Most Requested Information

  • I have food allergies or special needs.
  • Our menu plans are based on vegetarian and vegan selections. The Homestyle Market provides menu cards with all ingredients listed to assist those with food allergies. We are always happy to check on the ingredients of anything in the Union Market. If you have severe food allergies, we are happy to talk with you and see how we can help. A letter from a doctor will be required.

  • What is the meal plan for dormitory students?
  • This declining balance (DB) meal plan is required for dorm students unless they qualify for the “Dorm 22 Plus Plan”. The cost per semester is $1,375. Of this amount, $875 is a declining balance account which is available for food purchases and entitles the student to a 40% discount off retail prices. The remaining $500 is a mandatory dining services operational fee. 

    This DB plan also provides a “Rebate Advantage” of up to $250 per semester for students who do not use all of their $875 declining balance account. A student may elect to budget more than the $875 DB on their financial plan.  The 40% discount will be applied to all additional purchases.


  • I lost my student ID card.
  • ID cards are required to charge a meal. Lost cards can be replaced at the Accounting Office. Verbal ID numbers will not be accepted.

  • What dollar amount will appear on my statement?
  • The college charges $1375 at the beginning of each semester.  If there is a refund on the declining balance, it is credited up to $250 at the end of each semester.

  • What if I don't use my entire Declining Balance?
  • Should you not use all of your declining balance during the semester, you will automatically be credited up to $250 at the end of the semester.

  • Are meals served during the school breaks and during the summer?
  • Yes, we do serve a limited menu during school breaks.  We close the week between Christmas and New Years. Summer hours are also shortened, but we serve seven days a week.

  • What about Cooper's Corner?
  • Cooper's Corner is open and available for snacks, drinks, pre-packaged food, etc. It is very much like a convenience store. Hours for Cooper's Corner are Sunday - Monday and Wednesday - Thursday, 12 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. and Saturday after sundown til 12:00 a.m.

  • I think the prices are too high.
  • You do pay a lot to eat here. Let's compare the cost of meals to what takes place in a typical home. We will use "Mom" as an example. Take into consideration all of the following:

    1. Pay Mom minimum wage. Don't forget that you also have to pay taxes, workman's compensation insurance, and benefits (time off for illness, personal days, vacation, medical insurance, moving expenses, continuing education, and tuition assistance).
    2. Pay Mom for the time it takes her to make a meal plan and prepare grocery lists.
    3. Compensate Mom for the time it takes her to go to the grocery store and back. Don't forget to consider the real cost—expenses such as car maintenance, auto insurance, gas, and the car payment with interest.
    4. Don't forget to pay the portion of the electric/gas bill, mortgage/rent payment, home/renters insurance, and the proportional cost of the equipment it was prepared with and served on.
    5. Finally, consider this: There are not many (if any) homes today that offer the selection of fruits, vegetables, breads, beverages, desserts and salad bar items that Union offers at nearly every meal.

    How to win the battle of the Freshman 15

    Many joke about the "Freshman 15": the 15 pounds a freshman can pack on rather quickly when faced with the many choices, changes and stressors of college life. However, gaining unwanted weight is no laughing matter. Here is a list of ideas and tips to help tame those Freshman 15:

    • Choose cereal with at least three grams of fiber and less than three grams of fat.
    • Eat more vegetables. They are low in calories, help you feel full and provide lots of vitamins and minerals. Try adding veggies to sandwiches, pizza and baked potatoes.
    • Don't eliminate foods, just watch portion sizes. There is no such thing as a bad food because all foods can fit with moderation.
    • Eat fruit rather than drinking fruit juice. An orange only contains 60 calories while a 16 oz. orange juice contains 230 calories.
    • Make changes slowly to your diet. To lose weight, choose one reasonable goal at a time and you will have better chances of success.
    • Eat more fiber. Aim for 20-35 grams each day. This can help you stay fuller longer, lower your cholesterol, and aid in digestion. Remember, increase fiber in your diet slowly and drink more water to avoid discomfort.
    • Eat snacks every 4-6 hours. Snacks help control hunger, provide energy, and can help prevent overeating at the next meal. Choose protein, carbohydrates, and a little fat to keep you fuller longer.
      ~Plan ahead for snacks.
      ~Don't eat in front of the TV or computer. Stop what you are doing and enjoy the food.
      ~Check in. Are you really hungry or just bored, tired, etc.?
      ~Watch portions. Remember, this is a snack, not a meal.

    We appreciate your comments and suggestions

    Comments and suggestions can be made here. We appreciate knowing what we do right and what things you like, but realize we cannot please everyone. It's hard to replace Mom's wonderful home cooking. If you have a suggestion, we are happy to work with you. And as always, we appreciate suggestions made in a professional and gracious manner.

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