October 5, 1960
“SANDwiches...MILK...ORRange!” This ear-splitting, study-stopping
cry stands as a nightly monument to the enterprise and ingenuity of dormitory
sandwich concessioners [sic] Steve Silverman, Bob Wilson, and Tom Crider.
Every night, between 10 p.m. and the witching hour, a team of sandwich and
cold drink vendors visit Barrows, Burton, North, Dascomb, May, and Talcott
Silverman, who is chief entrepreneur of the operation, acts as a salesman in
the men’s dormitories. Ann Broemmelsiek, Linda Mitchell, Emily Shohan, and
Sally Thompson cover the women’s residences. According to Silverman, Miss
Mitchell, an Oberlin High School student, is his leading salesman. John Perazich
delivers the food to the dormitories.
The sandwiches are made in the Saga kitchen by Wilson and Crider. Jim
Wellborn, Saga snack bar manager; Winnie Gould, 62, food market manager; and
Jack Wood, Saga head, through whom the foodstuff is ordered, help the concession
partners work out any details.
“The only problems we have,” Silverman said, “is when it is
zero degrees out, coats are too much trouble to carry, and we would get
overheated in the dorm if we wore them.”
The sandwich concession business seems to be quite lucrative. Each partner
receives a percentage of the profits, and the salesgirls are paid on a salary
basis. The girls earn “about $1.75 or $2 an hour. That is about the best
pay on campus,” Silverman pointed out.
The campus sandwich concession came into existence only five years ago. Al
Rosen, Dave Eberhardt, and Dave Oliver ran the concession last year, and for
three years before that it was headed by Errol Rudman. Rudman financed his
college education with his sandwich concession profits.