Microwave line mayhem

Finally! Students Nikki Cromwell and Brittany Adams are next in line to use the solo microwave. Students wait for as long as fifteen minutes to use this coveted appliance. Cromwell says, I always feel bad when I make everyone wait for my soup to cook.

photo by Haley Pagel

Finally! Students Nikki Cromwell and Brittany Adams are next in line to use the solo microwave. Students wait for as long as fifteen minutes to use this coveted appliance. Cromwell says, “I always feel bad when I make everyone wait for my soup to cook.”

by Haley Pagel, Reporter

At lunch, students stand in line for as long as fifteen minutes in order to heat up their food in the coveted microwave in the kitchen.

Currently, there is only a single microwave in the high school kitchen. Its purpose is being served (allowing students to warm up lunch from home), but it’s doing so at a slow pace. Students wait in line for an extended period of time, causing congestion for cafeteria workers and little time for eating.

Is the problem based on the number of students bringing food from home or should Meridian invest in another microwave? Many students agree that buying another microwave would help fix the dilemma, including senior Tanner Bourisaw.

“I think we need two more microwaves. [The line] takes up too much of our time,” says Bourisaw. He mentions his favorite item to warm up is Easy Mac, a microwavable bowl of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, but the line is discouraging. “Isabella Newingham is always first in line, every single day. I’m usually third out of seven or eight. It takes a minute-thirty for her Easy Mac, then another minute-thirty for mine, and then anyone else’s usually takes a bit longer, definitely longer than five minutes put together.”

Home-lunchers aren’t the only ones that have a few words about the microwaves. The cafeteria workers also find it hard to work around the crowd near the microwave, which just so happens to manifest in the pathway the workers use to replace food trays and grab utensils from drawers.

“Every single time I go in there to work lunch, the line is always super long and congested, just ask Judah, Julianna, or Mikey,” says sophomore Ian Carnahan. “It usually just gets in my way of trying to wash my hands and getting in the drawer so I can get stuff.” Carnahan also added that students should consider taking their concerns to our principal rather than make comments in front of our “dedicated cafeteria ladies.”

Another student recommended a different tactic to minimize the microwave mayhem. Senior Nikki Cromwell says, “We could always wait back by the sink around the corner. There should be two at a time: one at the microwave and one ‘in the hole’ preparing or stirring their stuff to go next. Everyone else should hold back.”

The kitchen’s single microwave is a blessing for some and a nuisance to others, but chatter among lunch-goers has all agreed on one thing: We would all appreciate another!