Unsung Heroes


“One of the nicest things about life is that we must regularly stop whatever it is that we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”

-Luciano Pavarotti


In this issue of Unsung Heroes, the spotlight is cast upon the cafeteria workers of Blue Mountain College. After surveying twenty students at random, over seventy five percent agreed that having a full stomach improves focus in the classroom. Because of Blue Mountain College’s cafeteria, over one hundred students are fed a day, which according to the survey, improved the focus of many students. This is one of the many reasons why thanks is given to the cafeteria workers in this issue. Nathan Reed, one of the cafeteria workers who stayed during the ice storm, voices his opinion that it is important to be recognized for hard work: “It does make a difference to feel appreciated.”


Nathan Reed and Justin Kirkman said that there are several students who go out of their way to make them feel appreciated. Some of these instances include bringing goodie bags during dead week and bringing valentines for each person as well. With this being said, both Kirkman and Reed feel appreciated on a daily basis. Kirkman also says, “Brett is good about telling us he appreciates us and thanks us, and he is really good about leadership.”


Reed and Kirkman also agree that their job is one of the easiest jobs that they have had in the past and/or currently have. When discussing jobs such as cafeteria workers, it is easy for people to sometimes “overlook” them. Reed expresses how he feels about this: “I think everyone should work a manual labor job at least once in their life, it gives you an appreciation for things that you take for granted.” Kirman also comments by saying that he does believe that “everyone is guilty of it,” including him.


When being asked about the ice storm week, Reed’s face extended, and he took a deep breath. During that week, all three meals were served for many students. He gives the analogy: what was once only an eight-hour day, turned into a thirteen-hour day during the week of the ice storm. Kirkman says, “It didn’t really affect us. Me and Nathan stayed in the dorms next door.” Even though they were not heavily affected by the ice storm, Blue Mountain College students owe thanks to the people who stayed to help provide for them.