Anyone interested in some negative buzz? I have a problem with the system Northeastern uses that allows it's students to use their Husky cards at off-campus restaurants or sub shops. I, like a lot of people, love putting more of Dad's money on the card as a substitute for my own cash. But unless you use it at one of the on-campus food stops, like Wendy's or Pizza Hut, it can be a pain to everyone.
Case in point. The other day I went to try out that new Temptations place near BHOP. One of the things that attracted me to it was seeing that they accepted Husky Dollars. Free lunch. I go in, order a panini or something along those lines, take out my Husky card to pay, and the machine you swipe the card through isn't working. The same thing happened to me the other day at Il Mondo, a place down by Brigham Cirlce. The guy working the counter at Temptations informs me that Northeastern uses a DIAL-UP modem for the Husky Card service. Dial-up modem? I figured our $40,000 a year we pay would get us something better than dial-up. The guy tells me that the Husky machine almost never works, students come in to the joint, order, then leave without paying after finding out the dial-up modem is down again. Not only does it suck for us students, but it hurts the companies who try to offer the service. I havn't done any research to confirm it actually is dial-up, but whatever Northeastern uses just doesn't seem to work. The only places it's flawless in are the places in Marino and the student center and the places right on campus.
Like I said, it's not ALWAYS a pain, but the system could be easily improved. Upgrade to a cable or DSL modem, exchange the ancient receipt printers for some newer ones, and throw some money into a system students actually take part in.
Maybe it's a sign I should stop living off my parents, but hey, just thought I'd create a little buzz on the topic.
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