The Commons food court recently added a smoothie machine manufactured by Jamba Juice, a national smoothie brand, with flavor choices strawberry and mango. A 12 ounce cup costs $3.39, a 16 ounce cup costs $3.89 and a 24 ounce cup costs $4.89.
Sara Calvo, junior mathematical finance major, is excited about this new addition and believe it is a step in the right direction for food choices on campus.
â€œIâ€™ve always been a fan of Jamba Juice, so Iâ€™m pretty excited about it. Granted, itâ€™s not as good as the real thing, but Iâ€™ll take what I can get,â€ Calvo said. â€œI wish they had the actual flavors you can get from the store, but I also think they were just trying to pick something easy that would appeal to the most people. Strawberry and mango are both pretty basic flavors, so I think a lot of people will want to try it.â€
Nick Santulli, junior political science major, is underwhelmed by the option the new smoothie machine provides.
â€œI honestly donâ€™t know why people are so excited about it,â€ Santulli said. â€œIt would be one thing if they opened an actual Jamba Juice on campus. Iâ€™d love to see them open a new place to eat on campus, Jamba Juice or otherwise, but this is just another thing that theyâ€™ll sell in commons. Itâ€™s pretty much just like they decided to stock something new. Donâ€™t get me wrong, I like the Jamba Juice machine. Itâ€™s more of an icee than a smoothie, but itâ€™s still pretty good.â€ Â
Zeina Zayat says that the money used for the machine could have gone to an actual need.
â€œI think it was a waste of money,â€ said Zeina Zayat, junior and biochemistry major. â€œYou can already get smoothies from Einsteinâ€™s, and theyâ€™re pretty good. If Iâ€™m going to get a smoothie, Iâ€™d rather go there. Itâ€™s fresh, I can watch them make it, I know they use real fruit. I just donâ€™t see why the Jamba Juice machine is necessary. What are we getting out of it? Itâ€™s literally just a different version of something we already had.â€
Further, Zayat thinks that after a little time has passed the novelty of the smoothies will wear off.
â€œPeople are only excited about it because itâ€™s new,â€ Zayat said. Â â€œDo you think people are going to care next semester? Theyâ€™re going to get tired of it, just like we get tired of everything else on campus eventually. Itâ€™s not that campus food is really that terrible, itâ€™s just that we get tired of it. So, once people have had enough of it, itâ€™s just going to be another thing that people donâ€™t want.â€