Eliminate TU's 2 year meal plan requirement
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My name is Jeff Meyer, and I am a first-year student at the University of Tulsa. The University requires that all first- and second-year students live on campus, and be on a University-offered meal plan. However, the meal plan requirement is one that is unnecessary, and one that I think should be changed.
The University's only dining hall is operated by Sodexo, a global food service based out of Paris, France, operating cafeterias in over 80 countries. Sodexo recently received a grade of "F" in regards to health on the site Is It Bad For You?, which rates food services on a scale ranging from "A+" - food that is very healthy with positive long-term benefits - to "F" - the lowest rating a food service can receive. IIBFY claims that food services with this rating "fail to bring anything beneficial to the table" and it "recommend[s] completely avoiding anything in this category."
University meal plans are also incredibly expensive. Given the total cost of the various meal plan options, students pay anywhere from $15 up to over $18 per meal in the cafeteria. The cost of attendance at this University is high, so why make it even less affordable by paying $40 per day just to be able to eat three square meals? The cost is inexcusable, especially considering the long-term costs. IIBFY cites some of the long-term side effects of eating Sodexo food regularly as:
- Heart disease
- Other side effects unknown, due to various unknown chemicals
Why, then, should TU students be subjected to a two year minimum sentence of this unhealthy, overpriced food? Living on campus, there are other options. All residence halls have kitchens for public use, and many students beyond their first year live in apartments on campus, which include a full kitchen for personal use. Not being on a meal plan after the first year would make the cost of attending school much more economical, and would greatly benefit the health and wellbeing of the student body.
Please sign to show your support, that you want to see the two-year meal plan requirement dropped, and share this petition so that we can see real change happen! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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