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Vegetarians not happy with veggies

April 24, 1997

By Lisa Hanna

Lariat Reporter

The long-term health risks associated with eating too much red meat has contributed to a greater number of students becoming vegetarians. The University's dining service has noticed the trend, and is making changes.

According to Patricia Lamont, human resource director for Aramark, a section has been designed in Collins dining hall specifically for vegetarians. There is also a section in Memorial dining hall that is called Treat Yourself Right, which is more or less a healthy choice section, with low fat or no fat foods.

Although it seems as if Aramark has come up with a plan for vegetarians, some students are not happy with the food selection they have to choose from.

Ann Menconi, a San Diego sophomore and a vegetarian for more than six years, believes the vegetarian dining service is inadequate.

'It seems like the section they have set aside for vegetarians is not really healthy, and the low fat section that they have in Memorial is not geared towards vegetarians,' Menconi said. 'They need to come up with a healthy way to eat without the meat entirely.'

This seems to be the concern of many University vegetarians, and one student believes the dining services should make the cafeterias all vegetarian for a whole day, at least once a month.

'Being a vegetarian is not a bad thing, I think that everyone should try it and see what it is like,' Valerie Miller, a Dallas junior, said. I have so much more energy than I ever did before.'

Although the few students interviewed disliked the effort of the dining service, most college students dislike the dining service because it caters to a large group and not the individual.

According to Dr. Luann Soliah, a registered dietitian and professor, there are many different types of vegetarians and they all have different needs.

'The cafeterias should cater to these needs, and I think they do a pretty good job at it, but like any kind of food, the food that the cafeteria provides for vegetarians may become tiresome,' Soliah said.

Those that are not vegetarians have a different outlook on the vegetarian selection in the University dining halls. However, the feelings of many University vegetarians is that there is not the selection there should be.

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