Sewon Kang ’14 wants to veg out with you:
Come enjoy delicious, local desserts and stimulating conversation at the first Veg Out of the Spring Semester! Veg Out is excited to be partnering with the CFA during the exhibition FOOD-WATER-LIFE/LUCY+JORGE ORTA, which explores the major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change, and exchange among peoples. Come chat with Lucy Orta, one of the artists, as well as faculty and staff about concerns that face our generation, all while stuffing your face!
: Tuesday, February 26
: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
: Zilkha Gallery
Bring your own fork.
Good ol’ Wesleyan was crowned Most Vegan-Friendly College in the United States by Peta2, beating out 32 other “small U.S. schools” for the prize. Oberlin finished second and Warren Wilson College snatched up third in the competition. On the “big U.S. schools” side, UC-San Diego took home the gold as Cornell and University of North Texas nabbed silver and bronze respectively.
The description on Peta2 about Wesleyan’s vegan-friendliness reads as follows:
When a school has chefs who specialize in vegan desserts on staff, you know you’re in for a treat. Last year’s edible Halloween vegan display was a “graveyard” with tombstones of vegan chocolate and hills of vegan cake. This year’s theme, Gotham City, even included a vegan chocolate-molded Batmobile! If you’re not in the mood for sweets, have no fear. With innovative entrées, including vegan fettuccine Alfredo, Aloo gobi, and Mongolian seitan with wild rice salad and cranberries, students can always find a cruelty-free meal anywhere on campus.
However, Wes dining’s winning streak has not been without its disputes. Controversy struck Wesleyan’s 2009 win for most vegetarian-friendly college when several students had issues with voting practice and procedures. First, people asked how we can compare ourselves to other schools in terms of ‘vegan-ness’. Most of us haven’t eaten the vegan dining options at our own university let alone other universities. The question of who actually eats vegan food at Wesleyan was also brought into question (hint: many people who frequent the vegan section in the ‘Dan aren’t vegan). In addition, there were some suspicious bribery tactics from the dining staff back in ’09 (apparently they gave out free candy to anyone who voted for Wes, regardless of if they were vegan eaters or not).
Despite what seems to be a burgeoning black market for Wesleyan in Peta2 contests, kudos guys, we’re the most vegan-happy.
Wesleyan is still battling it out against American University for the title of PETA’s “Most Vegetarian Friendly College” of 2008. While both American and Wesleyan are run by Bon Appetit, the title would surely help to lure more prefrosh to Wesleyan, so go ahead and vote one last time. Voting ends November 17th.
All I know about this PETA2 vegetarian contest thing is that Wesleyan is somehow winning in its group (we just beat SUNY Fredonia), and I would assume that people other than Bon Appetit higher-ups are voting for us.
Bon Appetit employee Bernice Laille says:
“It’s a victory in itself to have made it this far in the contest, but now the competition is really kicking into high gear! We’re facing off against Ohio University, who has really rallied the student body through on-campus email promotions. We must definitely want to pull out all of the stops to help drive in as many votes from everyone as soon as possible before the third round ends!”
And in case you hadn’t already noticed from a trip to Usdan this week, Bon Appetit really wants us to win:So if you’d like to continue this victory streak and prove our veg-friendly prowess against Ohio University, or want an an apparent chance to win a $100 Best Buy gift certificate, vote here, the third round ends Wednesday at 5.
Wesleyan won Round 1 of PETA2’s 2008 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges. After surpassing our first series of competitors, Wesleyan is now up against SUNY Fredonia, Georgetown, Ohio University, UCLA, SUNY Purchase and ten other schools.
We have already outranked UC Berkeley, Yale, UPenn, Temple and UNC Chapel Hill.
Cast your vote NOW! Voting ends on November 10th.
Wesleyan is in the running for PETA2’s 2008 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges in the Nation, along with 31 other schools competing in a sort-of-geographically-arranged online elimination grid.
Our most immediate competitors are the University of Rhode Island, Brandeis, and SUNY Fredonia. Seeing as how we are the only one among these schools with a significant Internet presence, that much should be in the bag.
PETA2 has this to say about vegetarian eating at Wes:
At a university legendary for its student activism (particularly with issues relating to sustainability, animal rights, and labor wages), the dining halls have responded by giving students what they want—amazing vegan options. With regular meat-free choices available at each dining hall, some of the many standouts include barbecue tempeh wraps, Moroccan-style chickpea and tomato stew, and seared tofu with broccoli over sticky rice.
Fair enough. Even if you love eating meat, who here doesn’t appreciate Wesleyan winning Internet competitions? Vote here, the first round ends on November 6:
Vegans and vegetarians: remember how awesome those seitan wings were, that night they had them at Weswings? Well, now they’re permanent! For $8.95 at any lunch or dinner, you can get wings with mild, medium, or hot Buffalo or Rochester sauce, or honey glaze (not vegan). It also comes with celery and blue cheese (obviously not vegan). Check it out!
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