I got this flyer at my door. Somehow, the idea of a division within a school with a twenty-eight billion dollar endowment competing with struggling mom and pop restaurants doesn’t sit well with me. I get it that everyone is struggling right now, and Stanford Catering probably has no business on campus because most students are gone. But still.
They say the revenue generated helps directly offset increases in student room and board fees and supports student programs. And hence my argument the school should dip into the endowment first to offset the fee increases if the catering arm isn’t generating revenue.
Though the reality is probably more complex that the school will probably lay the catering division off if they don’t generate business. So a bunch of people will probably lose their jobs.
Set the moral issue aside, is it legal for them to operate outside the campus?