Right across from the UMD dining hall is a room for students to put their backpacks.
That’s because those things aren’t allowed in.
Students tend to smuggle food out.
One dining hall employee told me they’ve tried to walk off with sandwiches, cold cuts, desserts — even whole pies.
Apparently it’s a freshman thing.
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.