Microchip Cups Track College Students' Refills

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The days of unlimited refills at the University of Southern Indiana have passed.

New microchips on the bottom of cafeteria cups track how much students are drinking and when. The machines won't recognize cups that don't have the tiny stick-on chips.

Students can now only get one refill within 90 minutes of purchasing the beverage. After that, they're cut off.

Some students disagree with the new policy.

"Now that I have to time myself with it - it's stupid," USI student Dustin Garrison said.

Another student, Jacob Beard, agreed, adding that he's concerned about technical problems that might happen with the new system.

"I see why they did it but I don't like it from my perspective," Beard said.

Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications Kindra Strupp said the changes were instituted because students were taking advantage of the old system.

"So people, for example, were coming in with cups from off campus-or didn't pay for something and were getting refills throughout the day," Strupp explained.

"The point of the whole thing is that our paying customers get what they deserve and we're not having to pass costs along to them because some people aren't playing by the rules," she said.

Strupp said the next step in the process is monitoring the new system and getting feedback from students.

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