September 22, 2020

Kim’s Declassified: Scoring the perfect meal

By Kimberly Ilkowski
Review Editor

The latest from Kim’s Declassified College Survival Guide:

Wars have been waged over its excellence. Folklore has been passed down from generation to generation about its beauty. The Ancient Greeks admire it as being the eighth wonder of the world. Two simple words. Meal Equivalency.

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Move over, Great Pyramids. (Photo Courtesy of

The phenomenon has clearly affected everyone on campus, causing a few too many people to rub up against you in the Lion’s Den during the lunchtime rush. Being corralled like cattle in a small dining venue doesn’t sound appealing, but for that free $7.25 every student gets for food between 11:00 and 1:30, I’ll gladly stand shoulder to shoulder in a sea of hungry young adults (hooray for an extra 25 cents from last semester!).

Getting that perfect $7.25 during Meal Equiv can be challenging and will sometimes land you on their unofficial Twitter page if you post a picture of your receipt.

So, I took out my calculator and voyaged to the Lion’s Den to find out what food combinations give you the most bang for your buck.

Lettuce Begin: Sometimes the Meal Equiv gods smile upon you as your salad weighs exactly $7.25. Or you can take matters into your own hands and ask the person behind the counter to leave it on the scale until it’s the right amount.

Look at these bright, shining faces. They must have just had Meal Equiv. (Photo Courtesy of

Shrimply Divine: The newly added sushi bar is a great way to fill up on food that’s good for you. Basic rolls are under $7.25 but if you want to get fancy you’ll have to use some points. Make sure to get the Dragon Roll roll for $6.70; you can thank me later.

kim's declassified sushi
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Pizza Please: Combo meals at the grill area and pizza counter are a great way to get a meal and a fountain drink all under $7.25. A personal cheese pizza and fountain drink combo is only $5.23, which allots you enough extra moolah for a Tastykake or bag of Lay’s, thus proving your lunch really can be all that and a bag of chips.

kim's declassified pizza
I’m glad I live in a world where there’s high definition photography of pizza. (Photo Courtesy of

Remember, Lion’s Den isn’t the only place open for Meal Equiv! For even more options check out the Library Café, Education Café and the Rathskeller.

Now run along and get your money’s worth.

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