The sight of students studying in Libe Cafe, drinks in hand, reminds passerby that Cornell Dining has transitioned to a “new normal.” While some COVID precautions remain in place, including masking when not dining and regular cleaning, more cafes have opened for dining in.
In contrast with Zeus’s “bright work areas and healthy local food choices” as advertised on its website, the Syracuse-orange haze and pre-packaged, microwaveable foods in Amit Bhatia Libe Cafe seem like what consumer theorist Alfred Marshall would call a package of inferior goods. But I suppose I resist the argument that Zeus is better than Libe because the justifications only consider the merits of one eatery over the other. Let’s not kid ourselves: Nowhere in the John M. Olin Library outside of free pizza on finals week will you find edible food. But that’s not the point. Libe is where most of us have messed around since freshman year, before we were cool enough to discover Zeus.