Meatless Monday gets mixed reviews

Students are giving different reviews of Gourmet Dining Service’s “Meatless Mondays” plan, which aims to offer more vegetarian meals in the cafeteria.

Sophomore Doug Tatz said the initiative would be better suited for a different day of the week that coincides with Catholic traditions.

“I’m not opposed to the initiative itself, but I think it should be on Friday, because during Lent I already don’t eat meat on Friday,” Tatz said.

Senior Desirée Testa also mentioned Lent as an understandable factor in having days without meat in the cafeteria, but opposed the new movement.

“I really don’t understand why we would do that,” Testa said. “I understand not having meat in the caf on Fridays during Lent, since we do go to a Catholic school and that’s a Catholic tradition. Why restrict what people eat on a Monday? If people don’t want to eat the meat on Monday, they don’t have to.”

Freshmen Jordan Lungo and Mark James said they support the new vegetarian options, but would not support a completely vegetarian cafeteria.

“I think it’s cool for those who don’t eat, but I think it’s good that they’re not forcing it on those who want meat,” Lungo said.

James added, “I guess it’s good because they’re offering more alternatives, as long as they’re still offering meat.”

One student said she supports Meatless Monday but believes that most students will be indifferent to it

“I don’t think it will have much impact over the caf as a whole, but it offers a good alternative (for) vegetarians,” freshman Julia Langone said.

Freshman Henri Estanbuli said he is completely against “Meatless Monday” because he believes meat is a necessary part of students’ diets.

“I don’t like it, meat is essential,” Estanbuli said. It has proteins and necessary vitamins that vegetables don’t give us. “

One student expressed total support for the initiative.

“I believe it’s a good idea,” junior Ken Larivee said. “We should be more aware for those that are vegan.”

Charlotte Lewis can be reached at charlotte.lewis@student.shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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