The Night Owl Cafe Sizzlers are served Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In my opinion, the time for a Sizzler should not only be at this time, but also later at night from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and here’s why: Throughout the week, a group of friends and myself used to always sacrifice our Hoot & Scoot swipes for the best food Keene State College has to offer—sizzlers. The only problem is that they are only served for a short amount of time. 

This year, due to my schedule I only have about 15 minutes a day to get my sizzler. Yes, you could say that’s a reasonable amount of time for one to have made and eaten a sizzler, but I completely disagree. 11:45 a.m. at KSC is prime time to go and get a Sizzler.

Unfortunately, I am not the only one who thinks this. This is also rush hour at the NOC. Rush hour is exactly what makes it impossible for me to get a sizzler in 15 minutes.

Hannah Rettig / Equinox Staff

Hannah Rettig / Equinox Staff

Yes, I know I can get it to go, but anyone that has ever gotten a sizzler will agree with me that to-go sizzlers are never as good as eating them right away. Plus, who wants to be eating messy food in class? Not me or my professors.

However, if the time of sizzlers were extended for  three-and-a-half more hours every day, it would not only help relieve the intensity of rush hour, but it would also cause less-chaos at Lloyd’s Marketplace.

KSC has many late night intramural sports, the library is open until midnight and let’s face it, who doesn’t get the late night munchies? Anyone who is up past 9 p.m. will be hungry again. When students finish in the gym or the library, most of them go to Lloyd’s when they want to get food. Having Sizzlers served until 11:30 p.m. [the same time Lloyd’s closes] will cut the line in half at Lloyd’s.

If you haven’t had to wait in that line before, have fun when you finally have to, because it is hectic. Someone could take your order from you, the food you got was not what you asked for, or they just completely forgot about you.

Basically Lloyd’s is a disaster from 10 p.m. til close.

Again, extending the hours of the NOC Sizzler is an easy fix to the disaster that happens at Lloyd’s.

As a result of the Zorn Dining Commons closing at 8 p.m., Hoot n’ Scoot closing at 9 p.m. and Lloyd’s at 11:30 p.m., students are forced to spend their own money on food outside of campus. Other college campuses have food locations that are open well past 11:30 p.m.

For example, UNH has two dining services that start at 11 a.m. and go to 1 a.m. on both weekdays and weekends; The Philbrook Café and Wildcatessen.

KSC is not the biggest school and I could understand if the reason we don’t have any food services open late is because the use might be minimal, but I have no doubt in my mind a lot of students, including myself, would love a late night Sizzler.

Last but not least, the sheer popularity for Sizzlers on this campus could make it trend on Twitter.

No, but seriously, students make Sizzlers their daily routine—they cherish it while alumni dream about it, waiting for the day they can come back and get one.

Even the faculty enjoy Sizzlers once in a while. The NOC is a great place to hangout. Free popcorn and drinks are never a bad thing either.

If there was one thing I could change about the dining services at KSC, I would absolutely extend the hours of the NOC’s Sizzler.


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