After Director of Dining Services Joe Flueckiger resgined last month, hiring plans are underway for a new head of dining operations. Administration and dining leadership spoke to The Student about this process and their visions for the future of Amherst dining.
Following Joe Flueckiger’s departure, the Editorial Board reflects on what it values most about Val and what changes they hope to see as dining transitions to new leadership.
Joe Flueckiger, who has served as executive director of dining and hospitality services for more than six years, resigned earlier this week. He shared his reflections on his time in the role.
Managing Features Editor emeritus Caelen McQuilkin ’24E spoke with college employees to identify the ongoing challenges posed by Amherst’s “casual employment” system, which limits weekly hours and benefits and accounts for a large portion of Val’s total labor.
Following a conspicuous absence, bagels from Tandem Bagel Company, long weekend favorites for students, reappeared in Val for the first time on Oct. 1. They will now only be available on the first Sunday of each month.
Starting this school year, students have been unable to use their ID numbers to check into Val when they forget their cards. Chelsea Wang ’27 investigates why.
Val has made to-go cups less accessible in the hopes of reducing unnecessary waste. Some staff say it is part of a larger plan to phase out all plastic and paper materials.