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Opinion: The caesar dressing disaster

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I remember arriving on this campus one year ago knowing that, at LMU, I would have everything I could ever want. I remember exploring every nook and cranny of the school, from University Hall to Del Rey South. I remember my excitement when I met new people and did new things. Most of all, however, I remember the moment I realized that LMU had a problem.

It was my first time in the Lair. I put together a beautiful salad — mixing crisp lettuce, shiny tomatoes, decadent peppers and hints of carrot — only to reach the dressing section at the end. I saw five or six bottles and reached for the cream-colored one. It was ranch.

At that moment, I realized that LMU doesn’t carry Caesar dressing.

Over a year has passed since that fateful August day. Yet, at every lunch I eat, I hope that at the end of the Lair’s salad bar, I will see a new bottle — a bottle full of a third cream-colored dressing.

Those who do not eat salad in the Lair may be wondering, “Wouldn’t this be the second cream-colored dressing?” Well, my friends, LMU’s salad bar always carries two cream-colored bottles, and both of them are ranch.

Cormac Dolezal, a sophomore film production major and salad connoisseur, also finds the Lair lacking in this department. "The lack of Caesar dressing is frustrating," Dolezal said. "It's a standard style of dressing that fits almost every salad."

Now I know what you are thinking, “Maybe LMU had budget cuts and needed to reduce salad dressing usage.”

Well here’s my solution: let's say that in order to feed the LMU population’s Caesar dressing demand, Sodexo needs 3,000 gallons of dressing — an intentionally high estimate to account for price variation without knowing Sodexo's suppliers. At a normal grocery store, a name brand gallon of the dressing is $20 according to webstrauntstore.com. Multiplied by 3,000 gallons, this is $60,000. Divide that by LMU’s undergrad students (roughly 6,000), and it wouldcost ten dollars a student.

Ten dollars a student is the absolute maximum cost for Caesar dressing in the Lair, as it is a high estimate of quantity and the price of individually bottled gallons at market price. Compared to last year’s 4.42% increase in tuition, ten dollars more is minimal.

"I'd be willing to pay $15 more if it meant having Caesar," Dolezal said.

If a ten dollar increase is what it takes to please the student body’s longing for Caesar, I think that LMU should consider it, and I think I speak for all 6,200 plus undergrads in saying that.

This is the opinion of Jacob Cornblatt, a sophomore film production major from Gaithersburg, Maryland. Tweet comments to @JacobCornblatt or email comments to jcornblatt@theloyolan.com.

Jacob Cornblatt is a junior film, television, and media studies major who watches a movie every day. He enjoys laying in a hammock under a palm tree, longing for the suffocating humidity of Gaithersburg, MD.

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