Stevenson Dining Hall
Stevenson (often shortened to "Stevie" or "Steve's Place") is home to the College's biggest dining hall. It is divided into three "pods": Griswold, Longman, and Biggs. It is one of the college's youngest eyesores, at least if we're just talking about buildings.
ResLife's offices are in Griswold, the middle one.
At the moment it has wireless Internet access. Meals are served buffet style, and are all you can eat. Pizza and hamburgers are served daily, in addition to more traditional dishes (different each day), a vegetarian line, sandwich bar, a salad bar, and an "exhibition area" where quick-cook foodstuffs like omelettes, wraps, and pierogies are freshly prepared. A large variety of cereal is available all day. There is a frozen yogurt machine, a freezer for hard ice cream, and a rotating schedule of dessert condiments. (Hot fudge is available on an occasional basis.) For Sunday breakfast and lunch, there are waffle irons and waffle batter for public use. The desserts are brought in daily from the kitchen below South.
There is also a rotating toaster, which is only good for toasting half bagels or making individual pieces of toast. Any other use will set the poor thing on fire.
Originally known as the "North Campus Dining Facility", before its dedication in 1990 the building was informally known as "Ralph" among the students (a name chosen partly at random and partly because that's what the food made you do). It has balconies but they're off limits to students. There is a common misconception that the buildings they were designed by incompetent morons who didn't consider the weight of Obies the balconies would have to support. The actual contraint preventing their use is not weight but rather available space: the path out the doors and down the steps from the balcony are a fire escape route for the dining room, and putting tables and chairs out out on the balcony would obstruct the way and prevent people from evacuating the dining room fast enough.
The ResLife offices and the Office of Career Services are housed here.
The building is named after William Edwards Stevenson, President of Oberlin College from 1946 to 1959, who oversaw the creation of East Asian and Jewish studies, the return of the Department of Religion in the College, the first significant increase in faculty salary since the Great Depression, and the hiring of Wade Ellis, the first black faculty member. After leaving Oberlin, he became JFK's Ambassador to the Phillippines from 1961 to 1964.
Stevie is adequate or even good if you just have it once in a while. Thank God I eat in a co-op and only have to trek to Stevie once a week. --188.8.131.52, 4 Feb 2010
The food is horrible. In detail, one Obie describes it as, "Sometimes when I was a kid, my father would beat the shit out of me...and that was better than Stevie." --184.108.40.206 (28 Jan 2007)
Despite its reputation, the food could be far worse--it's got a pretty good selection, and some of the more adventurous dishes got it a writeup in the Cleveland free mag Scene. Also, it's got a soft spot for me as the place I met most of my friends. (Virtually everyone eats in Stevie for their first couple of meals on campus, unless they live in or near Dascomb.) --Kchen 22:12, 18 February 2007 (EST)
The main dining hall on campus. Better than Dascomb but without take out, not as good as Lord Saunders but with more selection. Occasionally there are days when I don't really want anything being served that meal but normally I'm able to find something. There could be more variety now and then, but they msx it up pretty well. Many things are fairly greasy and the vegetables can be under or overcooked, but for the most part, I don't have many complaints. It is not homecooking, but it isn't that bad and there's a range of items to choose from. --220.127.116.11, 13 May 2007
There is such a thing as Stevenson Shits, and it really sucks. My stomach was just not fortified enough to deal with 4 years of that slop, and now I have IBS. --18.104.22.168, 1 June 2007