By Karsen Leek – Collegiate Staff
Students and staff use the vending machines on campus for anything from a quick snack to an easy meal. But this year, Grand Rapids Community College added a few new features and even a few new machines. Most of the new machines now have flashing lights to draw attention to hungry patrons eager for a quick snack. They now also accept credit or debit cards as a form of payment.
Student Jeffery Lee, 19, of Grand Rapids stated that he likes the snack machines and wants more variety. “There should be more snacks, I don’t really care if they are healthy, I just would like more options.”
The Credit and Debit options on the new machines can also help make snacks more accessible to students/staff who don’t normally carry cash on hand.
Student Nikki Fletcher, 25, says she likes the credit/debit card options. “I like the debit card option because I never carry cash. I was excited when they put them on the machines because I don’t like using my raider card either.”
But the new flashy machines do come with a few hiccups.
GRCC Police Officer Coulson stated that not all feedback has been positive about the new machines. “We’ve had mixed reviews/reports about these machines. That students cards were charged more than the display price. Also that the machines are flashy but not as efficient as the old ones.”
The College has also added a few new Seattle’s Best Coffee machines, which gives students access to a quick cup of coffee for less than two dollars a cup.
Zach Heitzman, 19, Grand Rapids, was trying his his first cup of Seattle’s Best, he was unhappy with the fact that the coffee machine didn’t take raider cards. “It’s kind of stupid that a machine at the school doesn’t take raider cards.” Heitzman stated as he sipped his Caramel Cappuccino. “But this is really good.”
Officer Coulson also commented on the coffee aswell saying that, “The good thing about the new coffee is that is always hot.”