For years eating at Yale was an unpleasant procedure. From the beginnings of the Collegiate School in Saybrook in 1701 until it moved to New Haven in 1716, students ate at the houses of the Rectors and the Tutors. In 1718 the first college building ("Yale College") was erected, a combination dormitory and Commons where the students were required to eat. In later years other Commons were built, but in all of them, if we can believe the reports, the food was sub-standard if not actually bad. The students rebelled and threw over-ripe meat or rancid butter around the rooms or out of the windows. There were many food riots, some of them serious.
Havemeyer, Loomis. Eating at Yale, 1701-1965. Yale University, December 1965.