To add some background to DaVinciLe0's DC definition, at the end of the academic year, the DC and the Housing and Dining Department would grant an "amnesty day" to return all the silverware. Technically, it was "against the rules" to take silverware, etc. out of the DC.
Despite the variant architecture of the different DCs, their unifying tie was crappy food and crappy service, made available through the monopolistic control of "swipes" - Dining currency.
Another thing that always pissed me off was that they would close hella early.