Where’s the Beef?

by • March 15, 2011 • FoodComments (3)1050

Last night, BC Dining hosted Meatless Monday in “an effort to reduce carbon emissions.” All stations in Lower and Carney’s served vegetarian entrees much to the dismay of the student body save for a few flower children who were in support of the event. The reaction to the event was overwhelmingly negative and delivery cars from local restaurants such as Roggie’s and New Hong Kong could be seen all over campus.

It's not at BC

Why does BC Dining feel that taking away meat is an appropriate way to save the environment? The construction of Stokes Hall has lead to the destruction of numerous trees on campus, adding to carbon emissions. If BC is so concerned about carbon emissions that meat has been taken away from our dining halls then maybe it should have thought twice about that new building.

The other concern amongst students dealt with the prices of these vegetarian entrees. For the most part the prices of the meals did not reflect the absence of the ingredient that made the meal edible in the first place. Burritos that lacked beef cost the same as the ones that were normally served. Further more, entrees such as salmon cost close to twenty dollars. Was this a cost cutting move, or one to save the planet? I honestly don’t know. There was also a severe lack of gluten free options (not that there are usually good ones anyway), further showing that BC cares about going green, not about its students.

BC is a Catholic school yet it still serves meat on Fridays during Lent. This does not become a big deal until BC decided that an underground dirty hippie movement should merit the expulsion of meat related products while the crucifixion of our Savior does not.

If Al Gore and his cronies want to save the world one meatless meal at a time, that’s fine with me. But the minute I’m deprived of my overcooked cheeseburger it becomes a problem. BC needs to realize that these movements are grossly unpopular with the student body and even though a few select students may think it’s a good idea, the rest of us do not feel the same way.

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3 Responses to Where’s the Beef?

  1. Barbara Gardner says:

    Ian,

    Your Dad sent your article on to me and I wanted to respond to you directly. Having completed my college education in 2007 at the tender age of 64 I can identify with the lack of forsight you speak of at BC when it comes to political correctness within the university system. Too often, those who speak the loudest out weigh the staggering numbers opposed to such outrageous rules inflicted on the entire student body because of the few who want to impose their will on the majority. Good for you for speaking out against the right to choose being denied to the vast majority of students who attend BC. I am particularly proud as I am your great-aunt Barbara from Asheville, North Carolina. I hope one day to meet you and thank you personally for your courage and your willingness to confront the obvious lack of interest in conforming with Catholic teachings regarding Lenten fasting for Catholic students, but folding to the will of so called environmental activists who wish to deny the right to choose to the majority. Good job!

  2. Jane says:

    Hi Ian, I came across your article on the student free press website and commented there as well, but I wanted to share my thoughts because I’m pretty astonished at your lack of foresight and your reactionary response to someone taking away one of your dinner options. For one night, no less! The…horror?

    Kudos to BC for being forward thinking and hosting Meatless Mondays ! Experts agree that reducing meat consumption is the number one thing anyone can do to reduct their carbon footprint. Look it up. If you are also concerned about BC appropriately acting in accordance with Christian values, it might do to think of the millions of people who are going hungry around the world. About 800 million of them, in fact – while the majority of corn and soy grown goes to feed the livestock requires for your “overcooked cheeseburger.” If you can’t spare a moment of quiet thought and reflection over the arguments of “flower children” and “dirty hippies” before launching into a pretty spiteful diatribe, maybe you can expand your mind by thinking of the greater good. What would Jesus do, indeed.

    You might want to get your cholesterol checked; too – you’re not going to be a narrow-minded college student forever…those burgers have a way of catching up to people.

    Further reading, if you’re not too busy railing against political correctness:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet
    http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/aug97/livestock.hrs.html
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/business/worldbusiness/27iht-meat.1.9525251.html
    http://www.emagazine.com/archive/142

  3. Ian Malone says:

    Hello Jane,

    Who are you to say that I haven’t through about the arguments made by the flower children? It may not have been quiet since the dining hall was filled with uproar over the event (I kid you not) but I took their thoughts into consideration.

    And I didn’t agree with them.

    Yes 800 million people go hungry. But they’re not going to get the corn and soy grown to feed the cows. You make it sound like there’s one man distributing all the corn to the cows while the loads of hungry people watch in dismay. It’s a business, cutting down on meat does not mean less people go hungry. It means more meat suppliers go out of business.

    “Experts agree that reducing meat consumption is the number one thing anyone can do to reduct their carbon footprint,” wouldn’t not driving a car also be a pretty big thing someone can do. Maybe we can all get rid of all the factories too. These are things that humans have the option of doing. But I don’t see herds of people gathered in blankets around the campfire singing kumbya. And even if I did I’m sure there would be someone to say that the campfire was hurting the environment.

    I’m sorry that you disagree with my thoughts that the private institution that I pay a lot of money to go to has no right to take away meat products especially when most students who reside on campus are required to pay for a meal plan. They didn’t even reduce the prices of entrees that were the same minus the meat. You think that’s fine?

    Jesus wouldn’t take meat away from the dinings halls but I can tell you who would. Big Brother.

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