Vending Machine Accepts Another Generous Donation
VANDERSLICE HALL — Boston College has long encouraged its students to be “men and women for others.” Whether this be through service-based classes, organizations like ForBoston, or general acts of kindness, many undergraduates have embraced this mission throughout their time at BC. Recent buzz has brought into the spotlight a new, exciting service opportunity that anyone can be a part of: donating to BC vending machines.
Spread all across campus, these machines act as philanthropic instruments to transfer cash from students to the Office of the Treasurer. An employee in this office, Mai Monie, said, “the vending machines represent a formative experience for students who feel they are too busy to take on a service placement.”
Many students are not aware of the intended service-oriented purpose of these machines, however. Oreo Cookie (CSOM ’25) said, “I just want to get my favorite snack, Chips Ahoy. But every time I try the machine, it fails two or three times and doesn’t give me my money back. Eventually it works, but somehow I end up spending like 10 bucks on a bag of cookies.”
“Oh, I forgot to mention that. We wanted to make the experience as immersive as possible, so they’re still technically functional vending machines. But, we’ve programmed them to dispense only one snack every five transactions. It’s like a game,” Monie said. “I’m surprised that some students are outraged by our initiative. We are simply encouraging human kindness. We’ve also placed a very clear notice on the bottom side of every machine detailing that you are not guaranteed anything in exchange for your donation,” she added.
At press time, Cookie enviously watched as his best friend, Eclipse Gum (MCAS ’25), got the Vandy first-floor machine to dispense her Altoids on the first try.