“The job has to get done. Lots of people stayed home, but someone had to be here, so I went.”
Tony Stubbs is no stranger to the Sargent Dining Hall. For 11 years, Tony has worked as a cook at Sargent, watching class after class of hungry Northwestern undergraduate students file through. Tony, a native to Chicago, knows how brutal Illinois winters can become. Just like most local Midwesterners, he’s seen the lake freeze over and the snow swirl. But the Polar Vortex of 2014 caused even the most experienced Chicagoan to shut themselves inside. However, in the face of the storm, Tony powered through. He took two trains and two buses to work, totaling 2.5 hours of travel time during the freeze. He endured longer wait times than usual, as train switches broke due to record low temperatures. Tony’s dedication to his work earned him the prestigious Sodexo Experience Award.
The Sodexo Experience Award recognizes individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond in their work. How did Tony take the news? “Well, it means a lot. I was completely surprised by it, had no idea it was coming. I very much appreciate receiving something like this. I’ve been in this job a long but I hadn’t received an award like this before. This kind of thing doesn’t happen a lot. You know, I don’t know anyone else that’s gotten this. It felt really good. It made me feel really appreciated. And yeah, like I said, it was a surprise. I didn’t see it coming or expect it at.”
Article by: Maya Voelk, Sophomore, Medill School of Journalism and Integrated Marketing