Another Fox plan surfaced last week when Dean Fox revealed the four Houses that will continue to serve hot breakfasts next year, and this one appeared to be about as popular as the last.
Leverett, Kirkland, Currier and Quincy Houses and the Union will offer full breakfasts next year, but the other Houses will offer only a continental breakfast consisting of cold cereal, toast, muffins or another sweet item and beverages, although these dining halls will extend their current hours to 10 a.m.
Fox said last week he hoped he could rotate the full breakfast each year so that each House within the four three-House "spheres" of proximity he established could offer the hot meal once every three years.
The decision to cut the number of Houses serving full breakfasts will be reviewed next year based on next year's experience, Fox added.
Within the three-House spheres Dean Fox laid out, Frank Weissbecker, director of University Food Services, chose these four Houses in order to minimize costs and the need for relocation of breakfast staffs, Ann B. Spence, assistant dean of the College, said yesterday.
By asking breakfast-eaters in Mather and Dunster Houses to eat in Leverett, the University can save money by keeping those Houses' kitchen closed, since Leverett is serviced by the central kitchen, which must remain open anyway.
Opposition to the plan grew over the week, as the Mather House Council voted to ask Fox to reconsider his decision and David and Patricia Herlihy, master land co-master of Mather, said they will write a letter to Fox asking him to reconsider his decision to limit breakfast service.
Alan Balsam, chief shop steward of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Employees Union, last week attacked the decision, arguing that the shift changes and transfers it would necessitate "will put many workers out."