Summer schedule brings change to hospitality hours
Posted May 17, 2011 at 11:55 pm in News
Despite the usual summer cutbacks in hours, many of USCâs hospitality locations will remain open during summer vacation.
Though residential dining hotspots like Everybodyâs Kitchen and Parkside cafeterias are closed until fall, a number of restaurants within the Campus Center will remain open, including Carlâs Jr. and Panda Express, among others.
âWe now have LiteraTea open every day for breakfast and lunch, which is something we didnât do last year,â said Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality. âWe worked with the libraries âŠ which asked us to keep Popovich CafĂ© open so weâve extended their hours. Weâve extended things quite a bit.â
With a lower number of students on campus, keeping all the universityâs eateries open isnât practical, Klinger said, but USC Hospitality is open to any suggestion.
âWeâll expand things in July when there are more people on campus, including opening Moreton Fig for lunch,â Klinger said. âWeâre open to any feedback. We worked with Popovich and then with the library with LiteraTea. âŠ Anyone else, weâre very open.â
Even so, some hospitality workers feel the sting of the cutbacks theyâre now facing.
âItâs too short,â said Yolanda Segura, who works at Panda Express in the campus center. âWeâre only scheduled five hours [per day during summer] when weâre normally scheduled seven and a half. I donât have another job and it means less money.â
Segura added the university provides her with insurance, so she doesnât feel neglected.
âI used to take the summers off, but I canât afford it anymore,â Segura said. âSince last year, I have to work. Every summer is about the same, though. It has to be less [hours] because there are less [people].â
Klinger assured, however, that any person working with USC Hospitality would be guaranteed a job at the start of next year.
âAnyone that has a job with us, that was employed with us and had hours with us during the year,â Klinger said, âis still employed with us and will be employed with us during the school year at the start of the fall.â
For now, some workers have moved to other USC departments, such as Housing, other companies, like Universal Studios, or are simply taking the summer off, according to Klinger.
Students on campus during the summer think the Hospitality venues that are open now are good enough.
âItâs enough for me, I mostly go to [California Pizza Kitchen] and Carlâs Jr.,â said Tzu-Hsiang Chang, a graduate student studying material science. âIâve spent other summers here and this is a welcome change.â
Vera Raina, a junior majoring in screenwriting, thinks the opening of the campus center has been relatively convenient.
âAs an upperclassman, I donât really go to the [cafeterias] anymore, so itâs good that thereâs an on-campus place I can go to when I want to eat.â
CafĂ© 84 is closed during the summer, but all of the restaurants within the campus center will remain open except for Lemonade and Wahooâs Fish Tacos.