On April 19, something rarely seen in John Jay occurred. More than 200 students gathered on the second floor Atrium, excited by the opening of the New Building cafeteria.
“Everyone’s talk about it,” Jesse Nia said at the opening ceremony.
The cafeteria has a holding capacity of 449 people and is armed with more than 40 tables and an array of food to match the number of people it can hold. The opening of the New Building marked the ending of the small café on the third floor. This small café, owned by Guest Services, Inc., was originally the only source of food in the New Building since it opened in November 2011.
Joaquin Vasques owns the new cafeteria. Vasques, CEO of MBJ, had been the college’s food vendor since 1970 until their contract ended in December 2010. In the November 2011 issue of The John Jay Sentinel Vasques never thought he would come back to John Jay, “Wherever I end up, I will remember you all with love,” he said at the time.
At the opening ceremony, there was buzz that free food would be served. But instead, little candy bars and chips was the only thing that didn’t have a price tag.
Daishawm Harris, a junior, had expected this so he brought his own food from Dunkin’ Donuts. “This place makes you feel like it’s a college,” Harris yelled as his voice competed with the Artist United club’s rendition of “Purple Hayes” by Jimi Hendrix.
Harris’ friend, Cavita Khan thought that it took too long to open the new cafeteria and that the dalliance between the small café and the new cafeteria was unnecessary.