Services provided by Valsetz plan to switch online

Valsetz accommodates students opting to stay on campus over the Thanksgiving holiday 

Sydney Carpenter | News Editor

During the holidays, most Western students return home to see family and friends. Under current circumstances with the two-week statewide freeze, many students have chosen to reside on campus through the entirety of Thanksgiving break. In a survey sent out by University Housing as of Sept. 13, nearly 25% of the 536 respondents stated they were staying on campus.

During Thanksgiving break, services like Campus Dining will be closed to allow student and staff workers time to enjoy the holiday festivities. However, like years prior to 2020, Campus Dining Services offered provisionals to those students on campus.

“What we end up doing is we ask students to put in an order,” said Albert Worotikan, Director of Campus Dining. “We can provide them with food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) that will stay (good) for three to four days like milk, sandwiches or frozen pizzas that they can order in advance and pick up before we close on Wednesday at 2 o’clock.”

After Thanksgiving break, Worotikan reported that Valsetz plans to convert its services to entirely online orders for the rest of fall term.

“Because some of the students who are coming back might be traveling around, we want to make sure we don’t spread the virus,” said Worotikan. “We will be adding an additional two weeks because we want to ensure the safety of students and staff.”

During that time, students will not be permitted to sit in the dining halls and are expected to continue wearing their masks and remaining six feet apart.

If students who are staying on campus still haven’t submitted their order for the four-day break, Worotikan said that while the deadline has passed, students can email him at worotikana@mail.wou.edu and ask for an extension. Worotikan explained that he too has children and understands that in times like these, extensions are important and students need understanding and support.

Contact the author at scarpenter18@mail.wou.edu

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