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Students wish breakfast time was longer at Sufficient Grounds

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There are some students at Bethel College who believe Sufficient Grounds stops serving breakfast too early. campus store “I feel that it would be more beneficial if breakfast was a little bit longer, or even if there was an overlap between breakfast and lunch,"said student Andrea Basil. Currently Sufficient Grounds (SG) starts serving breakfast at 7 a.m. and stops at 10:30 a.m. Students such as Juan Torres say they use the morning to prepare for their classes. They say that makes it hard to make it to SG in time for breakfast. “I probably would eat (breakfast),” said freshmen Luke Prude when asked if he would eat breakfast at SG if the times were extended. Many other students said they would eat breakfast at SG if it was served up until noon. However, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays breakfast ends in the middle of Chapel, which some students believe is a strange time to end. “I think it's an awkward time in general,” said Christen Wegener. “Maybe it should end a little later to give students more time to get breakfast.” While there are numerous students interested in the breakfast time at Sufficient Grounds being extended, there is another side to the coin. Extending breakfast time would be more work for the employees. “Not only would you have to prep breakfast food in the morning, which is normal, but you would also have to keep it prepped throughout the day along with lunch and dinner options,” said Sufficient Grounds employee Noel Cerda. Sufficient Grounds manager Lynette Wesby said extending hours would be difficult. “To extend during the week would be a little difficult, mostly because of the switchover process,” said Wesby. The switchover process that she speaks of is the transition of equipment and materials that employees must make in order to be ready to serve lunch. Wesby went on to say that the limited space is the reason for the level of difficulty with the switchover process. However, Wesby said that just because it is difficult that does not mean extended breakfast is completely out of the question. “Possibly on the weekends because it’s a laid-back day and who wants to get up early for breakfast?” said Wesby. This could be something to look forward to in the future. Wesby indicated that Sufficient Grounds would probably not be changing the hours of breakfast anytime soon. This leaves students with two options. They can get up earlier and eat before class or buy Pop Tarts, neither, of which is a bad idea.
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