Aramark at Brandeis

From its founding in 1948 until August 31, 1998, all Brandeis dining was in-house.

Beginning July 1, 1991, Brandeis began outsourcing to Aramark.

In a letter to Brandeis from Jehuda Reinharz, dated May, 1998:
“I am pleased to report that Executive Vice President Peter French created an open process of review involving students, faculty and staff, which resulted in the selection of Aramark to operate dining services beginning July 1, 1998.”


9 thoughts on “Aramark at Brandeis”

  1. fuck aramark.
    any company that operates in the prison-industrial complex sickens me… sigh.

  2. Carrie, the purpose of this post was simply to highlight who has had control over dining services over the last 61 years. It is not meant to be a literal time line of every major event that has occurred, rather a statement about Aramark and — as Ethan pointed out — the futile nature of attempts remove them.

    My overall goal for covering dining at Innermost Parts is to improve our University in new ways. There is a lot going on at Brandeis right now to improve the future of dining services and that it what I feel is most relevant and constructive to discuss.

    Finally, thanks to all of you who posted feedback. It’s no secret that I am new at this and your criticism is really helping me understand where I need to improve. I understand that dining is an issue that many students are passionate about, so know that I do intend to give it the respect and attention it deserves.

  3. There are so many things relevant to dining services. Most interestingly might be the protests to allow smoking in dining establishments (mainly Usdan) which was held when the campus went non-smoking in the 90’s. And, of course, the great anti-shellfish debacle of years past.

    A truly complete timeline which includes any dispute might be really useful… not so much this current post.

  4. Phil, I update the title to include quotation marks. Hopefully now my promise of a comprehensive time line seems less misleading.

  5. Interestingly, Brandeis dining seems to have only changed hands once. As this is a timeline of the various corporations that held control over Brandeis dining, I felt it only necessary to mention those two events.

    If it is the lack of detail that you’re alluding to, know that I did consider going into a full time line of all that has happened at Brandeis surrounding this issue, but I chose to keep it brief in order to emphasize the seemingly static nature of our University concerning dining.

  6. The wife of the CEO of Aramark sits on the Board of Trustees. Any attempts to replace Aramark are futile.

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