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New meal swipe machines include photo ID on screen

“my awkward smile will now be haunting me for the rest of my college years”
CNU student ID, taken by EvelynDavidson/ TheCaptain’sLog

Over the summertime, Christopher Newport University made a lot of changes to its system. From a new president, to new green to-go boxes, to new library hours. Point being, there have been many new things for returning students to get used to. However, one change has stuck out to me like a sore thumb. And that would be…meal swiping at the dining halls.


Not many people would be able to see my ID picture unless I showed them or I was being checked in or out at a front desk. Now with the new system in the dining halls, the worst picture of my face gets plastered on the screen for everyone behind me in line.


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A little background to my picture: I had sent it in to be on my school ID, but they denied it because of my background. So I had to retake it. I sat down with my hair flat against my head, and I had a really awkward smile. For some reason, I thought I wasn’t allowed to smile in this photo; however, after taking a look at everybody else’s ID photo – theirs looking like they just got off the red carpet – I quickly figured out that this wasn’t the case. My awkward smile will now be haunting me for the rest of my college years.


Not only does CNU’s new system plaster your ID picture on the screen for all to see, it also keeps it displayed for what seems like forever. I just walk away so I don’t have to look at it.


Moral of the story: make sure your hair and makeup is done for your CNU ID picture, and for the love of everything good, know that you can smile with teeth, and this is not your passport photo.

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