I've been studying at VIU since 2006 – that's four years – and I've never been to the lower cafeteria! Recently, I started asking my classmates about it, but not many of them had been there either. I've heard rumors that their menu is much better than the upper cafeteria, and that it has Chinese food everyday, yet for us upper campus students, it seems just too far to travel between classes. The feeling I've gotten from some of my friends is that the lower caf is probably only patronized by trades and nursing students, so us upper-campus book-gremlins might not feel comfortable there. But university doesn't need a class system! It's time to kick that door down!
On Wednesday I made my first venture down to the lower caf. I took another creative writing student with me for support, but when we got there, we learnt that the place is only open from 11:30 to 1! It was just past 2, so we were out of luck. The gates were shut!
Not to be discouraged, I made my second attempt today. I couldn't find another student to go with me so I went on my own. They don't have a salad bar, but they really do have Chinese food! The place is a lot smaller, but much brighter than the upper cafeteria, and I got there around noon this time, so it was pretty full. Eventually I was able to find a table to myself, and I settled in with my Full House coffee and coconut prawns!
I was definitely the only guy in there who wasn't wearing work boots, but I didn't feel uncomfortable. Don't let all those stairs deter you. Make an adventure out of it. I recommend that all you upper-campus students who've never been down there give it a try!