Students go hungry when lights go out

Last week, OCCC students and staff members said they are hungry and unhappy now that the college does not provide hot food service for them.

In the College Union, Carson’s Catering closes at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 2 p.m. Friday. The OCCC Coffee Shop closes at 2 p.m. every weekday.

As a result, students who take classes at 5:30 p.m. or later must either remain hungry, bring their own food or eat out of vending machines.

“It’s annoying and gross, having to eat out of the vending machines when you are hungry,” said Kim Gore, OCCC student.

Brenda Carpenter, finance assistant director, said OCCC offers 30 cold beverage machines and 16 snack machines. Vending machines are located on the first and second floor of each building.

In addition, one change-making machine is located on the first floor of the Main Building near the Welcome Desk.

In the past, Carpenter said, Carson’s has remained open into the evening

Corrine Aguilar, Carson’s general manager, said the cafeteria and coffee shop close early because they wouldn’t generate enough revenue to stay open and serve students in extended hours.

To contact Chasadi C. Fails-Ortiz, email

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