Frances Walton ’26
Copy Editor Intern
Waiting in line for brunch at Malott, I noticed that Glen Culbertson, the person who responded to our suggestions at Malott, was hosting a Q&A with students. I was intrigued to get to know Glen, the general manager of Malott and the person behind the message board that so many students adore. Please enjoy getting to know Glen with me!
Name: Glen Culbertson
Job: General Manager of Dining Services at Malott
Hobby: Gardening, so I have a lot of fruit trees and grow some herbs. Just spend a lot of time out in the yard.
Favorite Movie: The Big Lebowski, Napoleon Dynamite, Gladiator. However, one movie I have to watch every time it comes on is the original John Wick.
Favorite Music: I listen to a wide range of music and wouldn’t say I have a favorite, but I like Evanescence, old Guns and Roses, Yiruma, and Mana.
The Scripps Voice: What does your job entail?
Glen Culbertson: My job mostly consists of managing some managers as well as Scripps staff here, acting as a liaison between the Dining Services Department and other departments within the college, making sure that various events (as it relates to food service) go well, and just ensuring an overall quality dining experience for the students and anyone else who dines at Malott.
TSV: You have been at this job since the beginning of the school year. What has your experience at Scripps College been like so far?
GC: I would say it has been an exceptional experience. Everyone is very friendly; from the staff to the students, everyone here is awesome. There is a bit of a learning curve for me, but I am working through it and hoping to truly be adjusted quickly.
TSV: What is your favorite part of the job?
GC: Certainly meeting everybody. There are so many different personalities and just being able to meet everybody is great. It’s a cool environment, and I’m really enjoying it.
TSV: As General Manager, you are probably at Malott a lot. Do you have a favorite meal?
GC: We made this power bowl the other day, farro and just all kinds of different things, and I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did. But, I took a full bowl down in my office and just started eating, and I’m like, “Oh, my gosh, this is so good.” And it was just the weirdest because I’m not normally, like, vegetarian kind of guy.
TSV: The Scripps student body loves your message board. How do you feel about it?
GC: It feels like I’m able to make a difference, that I’m actually able to facilitate change. It’s nice to try to create a great dining experience by giving people what they want, and hopefully, I will be able to do that based on what is requested.
TSV: There is a lot of contention regarding The Student Life’s taco article. What are your feelings regarding it? Have you tried the tacos at other dining halls?
GC: To be honest with you? I have yet to go to any other dining hall for taco night. The way I read the article, it sounded like the only reason why CMC was better was that their line was shorter, which I don’t necessarily know if that would qualify for a great taco, but that’s okay. I certainly need to try the other tacos at the other campuses.
TSV: How is it interacting with Scripps College students?
GC: The students here are great. The comments/requests/suggestions from the students have all been appropriate and reasonable. It seems like the students here really care about their school, the dining program, and each other.
It has been a joy to know Glen this past week. He is kind, thoughtful, and invested in Malott and Scrippsies’ dining experience. I hope this gives everyone more knowledge about who writes responses to our messages on the board in Malott, as Glen is a great guy to know. Say hello or wave at Glen if you see him at Malott!
Image Source: Frances Walton ’26