Getting by Being Vegan/Vegetarian on Campus
by Hannah Zuch & Stephanie Hutchinson
At first glance, the dining hall doesn’t offer many nutritious vegetarian or vegan options. From meatless starch options like french fries, baked potatoes, pizza, and pasta to sugary cereals, these are not things to live on forever. You can end up feeling tired, even after those three cups of coffee or that five hour “power nap” you took, if you don’t get protein.
However, Richard McMahon, Director of Dining Services, suggests the dining hall for vegetarians and vegans, where all the vegetables are in season and fresh from the Strip District, delivered three times a week.
“We’re not the biggest, but there’s no reason we can’t be the best,” McMahon said.
For those of you who struggle to find healthy and meatless options, communication seems to be the key. Ask questions and make requests to the dining hall staff, who will be more than happy to help. You can also take a look at the Flexitarian menu hanging outside Wagner every day, in addition to the Sizzle 2 Order, the Grab & Go, and MadeTo-Order options offered every day.
He recommends using App On Campus to see the daily menu at Wagner, featuring icons for both the vegetarian and vegan options for the day.
McMahon wishes for students to communicate what they want to see in the dining hall, which you can do by going to Campus Feedback and Development (CFAD) meetings through SGA, with meetings at the end of every month open to all students.
“I’m open to ideas, open to everything, even at the Coffeehouse,” McMahon said. “I’ll do everything I can for a student. I’ve gone to the grocery store for students before.”
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