by Johanna Seidel

Subway customers are not the only ones up in arms about the size of sub rolls. After a Subway customer measured a sub roll and discovered that it was only 11 inches instead of the 12 inches the “Five Dollar Footlongs” are supposed to be, customers have become enraged.  This semester, some students here on campus have noticed a change in the size of the sandwich roles being served at the deli in Aquinas and are less than pleased. After further investigation, it has been confirmed true: the sandwich rolls are indeed smaller.

Before this semester, the sandwich rolls used at the deli counter in The View were six inches long. Now, they have been decreased to four inches. Students quickly noticed the change and many felt like they were being gipped out of the hardy sandwiches they were used to. When asked about the change, a student wishing to be kept anonymous responded: “I don’t like that somebody else is making the decision about the size of the roll that I’m eating. I don’t think that there was anything excessive about the previous size of the rolls.”

 The management team of Sodexo, responsible for overseeing The View, Jazzman’s Café, and Henry’s Courtside, made the decision about the size of the rolls with the students’ benefit in mind. “The amount of meat has not changed; simply the size of the roll and the amount of carbs students are now consuming. If students feel that they are not full after eating the sandwich, they may want to consider loading the sandwich up with other vegetables for more substance. Adding fiber will keep you feeling full longer than adding extra carbs,” says Caitlin Lazarski, general manager of Sodexo.

 The new roll size may be agitating to some, especially if you are used to the eating a six-inch sub every day for lunch or dinner. The change was made to help the college community make healthier choices. It is easy to consume more carbohydrates than your body really needs for energy, and excess carbs break down into sugar. Complex carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, and rice take a bit longer to be digested and absorbed into the body. They also take longer to break down and therefore provide energy at a slower rate than simple sugars.

 Perhaps students should consider this change a blessing in disguise. A small change to people’s diets can make a major impact on their health. Remember, bigger is not always better.