If it's the first day of classes or a prospective student tour day, the food is delicious. If it's just an average day of classes, the food is the same way: average. Most students love the food during the first week of their freshman year, but after that, it gets old real quick. In other words, students have a love-hate relationship with the Metz Dining Hall. If mac and cheese is on the menu, good luck standing in line. But if it's shepherd's pie, the few students who like it have no problem getting through. Fear not: if you like neither mac and cheese nor shepherd's pie, the dining hall offers students nine different food stations, guaranteed to satisfy any appetite. However, after a month or so, options start to dwindle, and students notice the same items being offered all the time.
The Cougar's Den is the ultimate hot spot on campus when it comes to getting delectable sandwiches, Starbucks coffee, and fruit smoothies. The InterMetzo Café is all about on-the-go items; everything is pre-made, so it's a good option in between classes. Whether you choose to eat at the Cougar's Den or the InterMetzo Café, every meal plan comes with Cougar Points, a dollar amount to be used in the Den and Café. When students don't want to use their points, they can use Meal Equivalency (Equiv) during certain times of the day Monday through Friday. Students can go to the Den and spend $6 on food items, and it will count as a meal instead of having to use points. More students use Equiv than the dining hall, so at the beginning of Equiv, lines are endless, and it takes the workers a long time (15 to 30 minutes) just to make a sandwich.