Thursday 14 March 2013

Nutters Are Spread Thickly Around Columbia University

"Usually people apply peanut butter on one slice of the bread and Nutella on the other slice, but I apply thick layers of Nutella to both slices of the bread".
                                 Third-year student Jeff Desroches, Columbia University

A typical university student displaying a total lack of common sense.

If a sandwich filling is comprised of one horrible unhealthy homogenous gunge, then it is sufficient and efficient to apply a thick layer to just one slice of bread … not two. Students!

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New York students stealing Nutella from university dining hall (The New York Times)
Friday, 08 March, 2013, 3:03am

This has all the makings of a tempest in a Nutella jar, which may not be as appealing as a Nutella milkshake, Nutella fudge or Nutella-stuffed French toast. Or stolen Nutella, which, apparently, has mouth-watering appeal at New York's Columbia University.

Last month one of Columbia's undergraduate dining halls began serving Nutella every day, not just in crêpes on weekends.

For the uninitiated, Nutella is a creamier-than-peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread from Italy that a university student might eat a whole jar of in a single sitting when the pressure is on.

The problem was that the Columbia students went through at least 45kg a day, according to a first-year member of the Columbia College Student Council who had urged the university's Dining Services operation to provide it in the first place.

Apparently they were not just eating it in the dining hall, they were spiriting it away in soup containers and other receptacles, to be eaten later.

Before you could say chocolate-covered Nutella marshmallow cookies, the council member, Peter Bailinson, heard from Dining Services chief Vicki Dunn. The subject was how much Nutella students were taking back to their dorms.

"People take silverware, cups and plates, and that adds up over the course of a year to a lot of money," he said. "With Nutella, it added up much more quickly. Where Dining might have to spend US$50,000 to replace silverware and cups, they were spending thousands of dollars on Nutella in one week."

Dunn "told me it was close to US$5,000 in the first week," he said. As for the amount of Nutella that Columbia students were consuming, or at least loading up on and walking away with, he said, "I was told it was more than 100 pounds [45kg] per day."

Third-year student Jeff Desroches said he made off with Nutella when he was stressed out before final exams. "Usually," he said, "people apply peanut butter on one slice of the bread and Nutella on the other slice, but I apply thick layers of Nutella to both slices of the bread".

Nutella is not the only thing that disappears from the dining halls. Of 11 students questioned on campus, all confessed to having spirited away bread and bottles of ketchup, not to mention milk and fruit.

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