The students of Pedro Cerbuna Residence Hall from the University of Zaragoza They will be left without dining room service starting this week when a last-minute solution is not found. The company in charge of offering full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will remain only until February 1 because the competition is useless in December unless a last-minute agreement is reached or alternatives are offered.
This Monday, residents learned about the situation after a meeting called by those responsible for the residence university. The surprise was great among the students and parents.
“We pay about 700 euros a month,” explained three students this Tuesday morning at the doors of the residence about the cost of enrolling in the dormitory on a full-board basis. “All of a sudden, they told us that we had nothing to eat. They met with us this Monday and told us that next week we will stop by a restaurant,” Marta Orta, a chemistry student from Castelserás (Teruel) who lives in Cerbuna for the second year, said on Tuesday.
Marta, Alba,, and Mayalén are students in residence of Pedro Cerbuna at the University of Zaragoza. HA
Those responsible told them that they were looking for solutions that would include reducing the cost of food, which would be around 375 euros, but with their colleagues Alba Estallo, from Huesca, and Mayalén García, from the Basque Country, both nursing students. , they complain that “for 12 euros a day we can’t eat” thinking about three meals a day. They also criticized the fact that “they have known this since December.”. That was the time when the public competition for food was useless.
The three of them are worried about how they can organize their daily lives to combine classes, practice, and food if they have to find alternatives, but above all, because of the additional costs that may occur for their parents. “In the end, they pay,” they said. Looking for a shared apartment or other accommodations is not in their plans. “In February, it was difficult,” they believe, commenting on the complexity of finding apartments for rent in Zaragoza at reasonable prices.
“We also don’t have kitchens available, and we must earn a living,” they recognized, due to the lack of any common living space where meals could be organized.
“We are looking for solutions.”
From the University of Zaragoza, they assured me that they are working these days to find a solution. “No company applied” points out the reasons why the center can be left without dining room service. “We are looking for solutions for February 1 because our main concern is the students,” they assured. In the current dining room service provided by the educator company for two years, nine people work.
At the moment, the university does not want to talk about specific alternatives, which they will study with their legal services to cover the dining room after the public tender has run out of candidates. “We are looking for a solution or service alternative,” they assured.
“Let it be something cheap; we paid enough, and if they raise the price instead of having food, it’s not profitable,” said three students.
Afternoon casserole on campus
There was little time to organize the students, and in the afternoon they called a demonstration from the residence of the students to the central fountain of the Zaragoza public campus. On many banners, you can read slogans like ‘Dining room closed, right denied’ and ‘Broken contract, Cerbuna has nothing to eat”Give our food’, along with the casserole.
During the protest, a manifesto was read in which, although it was explained that ” they wrote new specifications to open a new competition,” they already feared that “delay in procedures is likely to mean suspension of service at breakfasts, lunches, and dinners this academic year.” Contracts are offered for years, not school years.
The students reported it “In 8 days, 260 students were left without breakfast, lunch, and dinner, during seven days of the week.” In addition, they detailed that “the said service is the one entrusted to the school throughout the academic year, as stated in the Services Charter of the Colegio Mayor.”
The spokeswoman for the residents, Laura Pena, remembers that “our families pay 775 euros per month equivalent to accommodation and full board (except Sunday dinner service); in addition, the school is not equipped to change the dining room format.
The speech ends with a request that the service “promised to us and our families throughout the academic year” and asks “that we will be treated, that events will be treated with the seriousness they deserve, and that all of this will be resolved as soon as possible.”
The Pedro Cerbuna Residence Hall is the residence with the most history on the public campus of Zaragoza, which takes its name from the founder of the university. It has hosted university students for over a hundred years. It is a mixed public and secular university center, founded by the University of Zaragoza. The residence offers full board except for Sunday dinner, and there are rooms with a study table, chair, nightstand, bed, wardrobe, cork, shelf, sink, and bed. Residents have room cleaning twice a week and a change of bed linen, as well as self-service laundry, as detailed on their website.
The building is serviced by a 24-hour concierge in the sun, places to study, places to rest, sports, and entertainment. Its assembly hall houses the Cineclub Cerbuna, which has been a reference for film lovers since 1973. Last year, it celebrated its 50th anniversary.