In college there's countless places to pick up women. The streets, class, dorms, gym, and an assortment of other places. I'm fine picking up at any of these places but one place still gives me iffy vibes: The Dining Hall.

Some of the most attractive girls I have an eye on frequent the dining hall in groups most of the time. I have no problem going direct but in dining hall situations I don't want to mess up opportunities with other girls in there by gaining a negative reputation (my roommate gained this rep by frequently walking up to sets and complimenting girls each meal).

To the question, what techniques do any of you in college use or suggest while in the dining hall?

Part of me wants to just walk up to the girls and just say what's on my mind.

Any advice/input would be greatly appreciated. I feel like I waste a meal swipe any time I go without approaching.