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New changes to the Price Dining Hall pleasantly surprise students

Leeann Shu
Emilia Bordage (‘23) serves herself food from the salad bar.

What is a better way to indulge yourself on a cold Monday morning than a toasted bagel topped with cream cheese? Fortunately, the bagel station at the Dining Hall, now back after a long period of dormancy due to the pandemic, can satisfy all your cravings. 

With the 2021-22 school year introducing new changes as a result of the pandemic, limited food service at the Price Dining Hall was just one of the many adjustments students, faculty, and staff had to accept. As the school year began, meals were completely pre-packaged, and seating was entirely outdoors. Many students struggled to find a table during the busy lunch hour and wished there were more food options.  

In late September, the dining hall staff added additional options like humus and pretzel packs, fruits, and a small-side salad option. These changes were influenced by the results of an all-school community survey, in which many expressed their fatigue with limited food options. Even though students were pleased with these new dining hall options, many hoped for a greater variety. 

After October break, however, Webb students were pleasantly surprised by the new additions to the dining hall. The bagel bar, noodle bar, panini bar, salad bar, and soup station have all re-opened, and now, students have a variety of options to choose from.  

“[Our dining hall team] actually wanted to open up more stations because we feel everyone was getting tired of only one item, and some of the kids did not like what we were serving at times,” said Armando Amezcua, food service director. “So, [by re-opening] more stations, we have more options. Students can choose from five or six different options, rather than just one.” 

The medical advisory board approved of this proposal before October Break, and students returned to campus just in time for these changes to come into effect.  

“[It is] the [COVID-19] testing that we are doing, we know how the community is doing on all fronts,” said Stephanie Baron, health center director. “So long as everyone is consuming food outside and they are sanitizing before serving themselves, we are good.” 

Re-opening more stations also alleviates the busy rush hour during lunch. With over 600 mouths to feed, lines can be incredibly long and overwhelming with only one station available. 

“During lunch hour, we have around 600 people coming in at once, so we want to open up as many stations as possible.” Mr. Amezcua said. 

In addition to the re-opening of more stations, students and faculty can now serve themselves which means that they can control portion sizes and only get the food they want. Once the Webb medical advisory board learned that COVID rarely spreads through surfaces, they decided to let students serve themselves without the risk of contracting COVID. Many students are excited about this new change and look forward to the prospect of returning to how Webb once was pre-pandemic. 

However, now that students can serve themselves, lines have been longer than before. In what used to be quick grab-and-go meals, the dining hall has now transitioned into a self-serve, buffet style.  

“I think the long lines are worth it, especially since we’re able to serve ourselves,” Ochuru Ochuru (‘23) said. “Plus, the lines usually only take around 5-10 minutes, so it is not too much to sacrifice in my opinion.” 

Now that most of the different stations in the dining hall have re-opened, the next step for our community to fully return to ‘normal’ is indoor seating. Although tables are moved inside the dining hall when it rains, students and faculty are currently only allowed to eat indoors during rainy weather. 

“As soon as students can eat inside, we can accommodate some of the tables inside the dining hall,” Mr. Amezcua said. “We can then open up more stations [like the Chinese station that was once open pre-pandemic] outdoors.” 

However, indoor seating may be far and away for now, and may not happen until after winter break due to the pattern of rising case rates around the end of the year.  

“After last December, it did not look good, we were reverting back, so we have to see what the vaccination rate does for this cold and flu season,” said Ms. Baron. “I think we will have a better idea after the winter.” 

While these new changes to the dining hall indicate that the Webb community is doing well to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we still must take precautionary measures to ensure our safety. Simple tasks such as sanitizing our hands and keeping our masks on may seem trivial, but they contribute significantly to keeping the school population healthy during our journey towards restoring Webb to pre-quarantine conditions.

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Leeann Shu
Leeann Shu, Chief Copy Editor
You might usually associate Leo with being supercilious, selfish, and self-centered, but Leeann Shu (‘22) exemplifies the opposite of these traitsLeeann is supportive, trustworthy, humble, and sociable. In her free time, Leeann enjoys relaxing with friends, and this year, she hopes to re-bond with friends that she has not seen or talked to for a while. At school, Leeann actively interacts with the community by taking various leadership roles: a day student prefect, an admission fellow, chief editor of the yearbook, and Chief Copy Editor of the Webb Canyon Chronicle. As Editor of Technology last year and a head editor this year, she continues writing for the WCC because of her enthusiasm for the publication and writing. Her personalitcontributes to her success in the newsroom because journalism requires her to be risk-taker while searching for interviewees, and an active listener to understand other’s thoughtsThis year, her goal is to assist younger members of the WCC as they grow and shine in their writing. In addition to helping others, she wants to have more confidence in herself and seek more opportunities to utilize her writing skills for the betterment of the publication. Not being afraid of any type of failure is what she will keep in mind to help her progress toward her goals.  Favorite song: "Laugh Now, Cry Later" by Drake
Emily Li
Emily Li, Chief of Media
Emily Li ('24) is not your usual iPad kid. You might see her using her tablet, but trust me: she isn't playing Roblox. She is a passionate artist who loves to create artwork on her iPad. Emily's favorite thing to draw is the people around her, focusing on experimenting with colors. She also enjoys dancing to popular K-pop stars IU and Mamamoo. Just like her top-notch dancing skills, she has a crazy tolerance for spicedo not be surprised when you see her empty bottle of sriracha. However, Emily's dynamic personality is not confined to her personal endeavors. As head peer advisor, she steps into a leadership role that suits her naturally empathetic and social nature. She finds joy in building bridges, fostering connections, and offering a sympathetic ear to those around her. One of Emily’s main goals this year is to give as much love as she can to the world. At the Webb canyon chronicle is to improve the diversity of articles and further refine the website after designing it. In a world where each stroke of her digital pen, every dance step, and all her interactions paint a picture of her vibrant self, Emily Li stands not only as a multitalented artist, leader, athlete and beacon of positivity, illuminating everything she touches with her unique and colorful perspective. 
Nichola Monroe
Nichola Monroe, Chief Editor of Features
If you’re looking for a Webb big sister, Nichola Monroe (‘22) is the person for you. An experienced co-chair of the VWS dorm prefect council, she is always looking for ways to lend her knowledge to newer students both in the dorm and outside. As a returning member of the Webb Canyon Chronicle and this year’s Chief Editor of Features, she is excited to write engaging articles, share her journalism experiences, and help others thrive. Over this last summer, Nichola fostered her leadership skills at a summer camp in Maine. She lived in a cabin with younger girls and taught them how to make ceramics and jewelry, sewing, and other important life skills. Although Nichola usually resides in Dana Point, she is currently living at Webb and hopes to initiate new dorm activities for other boarders in Jameson to enjoy. Also an activist, Nichola cares deeply about current issues like climate change and sustainability. When she’s not helping other people, you can most likely find her outdoors, whether it's dancing, walking her dog at the beach, knitting under a tree, or simply just doing somersaults in front of her dorm. Favorite song: "Stay for the Summer" by Logan & Isabel

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