Kalamazoo College's Student Newspaper
By Jennifer Wendel
Kalamazoo College students have become divided over, of all things, meat. Two weeks ago, the dining hall debuted its trial run of Meatless Mondays along with a survey to record students’ reactions about this future menu change. Due to the results, Monday night dinners will, for now, return to normal.
“We’re not ready to do Meatless Mondays every Monday,” said Susan Matheson, general manager of dining at K. Out of the 364 students who filled out surveys after the trial run, 122 reported that they were “opposed to Meatless Mondays,” 239 reported they were not opposed and 3 were undecided.
“This is a very touchy subject with the student body, so I’m not forcing it upon anyone,” said Matheson. Though a majority of students were not opposed to continuing Meatless Mondays, both Matheson and the administration decided not to implement the program until there is stronger student support.
For the rest of the quarter, there may be only one or two meatless meals in the dining hall. Even if a large number of students oppose the idea, said Matheson, “there’s enough people out there that are interested in this.”
The next meatless dinner is planned for May 16, and students will again be offered surveys to measure reactions.
Ultimately, it is K students’ choice. “We are listening,” said Matheson. Current student opinions are too divided to take a clear side, so the dining hall will continue work with students until a final decision has been made.