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USI limiting students on fountain drink refills

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Every cup sold at one of USI's dining services will have a microchip on the bottom of them. You must place the cup on the fountain tray and the machine will read the chip. You have 90-minutes from that time to get one refill. Every cup sold at one of USI's dining services will have a microchip on the bottom of them. You must place the cup on the fountain tray and the machine will read the chip. You have 90-minutes from that time to get one refill.

The University of Southern Indiana implemented a new system limiting the amount of refills on fountain drinks students can receive on campus.

There have been mixed reviews about the new policy, but the University says it comes down to dollars and cents.

Now, on the bottom of each cup the student purchases at one of the food services is a small microchip. That microchip limits the amount of refills the student gets.

Once you put the cup down on the fountain tray, the machine reads the chip and dispenses your drink.

Once you get your first drink, you have 90-minutes to get one refill. Then you're cut off.

The Vice President for Administration and Finance, Mark Rozewski, said it comes down to the budget. He said the University lost about $70,000 in 2012 by offering free unlimited drink refills. 

We're told the new system cost about $30,000-$40,000 up front. With the product savings, Rozewski said it'll pay for itself in less than a year.

"The simple fact of the matter is, across the board at USI we're expected to control prices, we're expected to control the price of tuition and the control of soda," said Rozewski. "The only way to do that is to control costs, but as I said, at the rate of product loss we were seeing, we think that we'll make that back in 10 months and after that we'll be saving money for the students."

The University will test the new policy out throughout the semester.

If they do make any changes, it will only be with the 90-minute refill period, depending on how it goes.

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