Weston Router, partner of Cheap Fast and Good (CFG) Concessions,
is a vendor who serves burritos, fajitas and tacos to the hungry
after-hours crowd in Old Town.
According to Router, there has been a large demand by students
claiming that CSU is in need of an outdoor vendor where it would be
possible to grab a quick bite to eat between classes.
“My goal is to respond to the need that students have conveyed
for an outdoor vendor on campus,” Router said.
However, Router states that he has been told that CSU is a
closed campus in regards to outside vending services. In order to
serve food on the CSU campus, Router must find a way to change,
what he states is, a University policy.
According to Mike Ellis, Executive Director of the Lory Student
Center, there is no such policy stating that CSU is a closed
Ellis also explains that in order for CSU to allow a private
vendor on campus, there must be a Request for Proposals (RFP)
issued. Only in this event, could outside vendors wishing to serve
on campus submit a formal proposal responding to specific
“Colorado State University has on numerous occasions invited
proposals through the RFP process for private food vendors,” Ellis
said. “At this time, Colorado State University has not initiated an
RFP process for an outdoor concessions unit on the main campus, nor
do we currently have plans to do so in the near future.”
A sociology class on campus, Community Dynamics and Development,
which is structured, in part, to take on communal projects in hopes
of making a difference in the community, received word of Router’s
proposal and invited him to speak during class.
After hearing Router’s proposal, the students declared that an
outdoor vending service was something they desired. The class then
formed a committee dedicated to changing CSU’s current standing on
Paul Ashe, a senior majoring in sociology, is part of the
committee and states that the first plan of action is to schedule a
meeting with Ellis.
“First, we have to find out what we must do to get the policy
changed, then we will go through the necessary steps to get it
done,” Ashe said.
Helen Tran, a senior majoring in sociology, is also a student in
the class and an enthusiastic member of the committee.
“It is up to the students to get a service that would provide
convenient, quality food that we could grab in between classes,”
Tran said. “If people get loud enough, it could happen.”
Ellis welcomes the student’s opinions and states that the
students are whom he needs to hear from.
“I want to hear from the students, I want to hear where the
students stand on this issue,” Ellis said.
ASCSU has also been a suggested means for Router and has been a
resource he has had brief contact with. Katie Clausen, Vice
President of ASCSU, suggests that if students want to make this
happen they should help get the legislation to the ASCSU
“Our job is to formulate student opinion,” Clausen said. “Once
legislation is written, the Senate can make an educated vote and
then go from there.”
Router states that this is something the students have voiced
that they genuinely want and he claims that he is not willing to
abandon his efforts until he accomplishes his goal.
“If I don’t keep trying, the students won’t get a service on
campus that is truly needed,” Router said.