• Petitioned Gary Martin

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Gary Martin


    1. Atticus Mulkey
    2. Petition by

      Atticus Mulkey

      Rogers, AR

December 2012


Atticus Mulkey: The petition was used as ammunition to get the administration to take the appropriate steps which led to Aramark not getting their contract removed.

We, the students and alumni (and now parents of students) of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, in order to improve the student experience and overall health of the Peabody community, call upon Gary Martin to resign as manager of the Aramark food services at Peabody. Aramark proved their capability to improve the food when students first raised complaints, but quickly reverted back to old habits. Mr. Martin has continually sidestepped our complaints and taken unnessesary action by firing cafateria workers who were not the root of the problem. We have tried to work and resason with Mr. Martin many times, but the food and attitude of the staff has not improved and we find it time for him to step aside in order to make way for someone actually interested in working with us to improve the student experience at Peabody... #OccupyTheCaf #myinsidesaredying

Recent signatures


    1. Mission Accomplished!

      Atticus Mulkey
      Petition Organizer

      Ladies and Gentlemen,

      We did it!

      For the first time in almost a decade, Peabody will have a new dining service with different management. Here is the email from Dean Kurita:

      "A NEW DINING VENDOR has been selected and will be in operation on January 14th when classes commence for the spring semester. We appreciate the students, faculty and staff who participated in the Dining Vendor Selection Committee. We are grateful for Aramark’s service through the years and wish them well."

      Congratulations, guys! I have heard from a number of people on the selection committee that the food will be much better next semester.

      I will never forget how many people told me that it would be impossible to change the food at Peabody when I first started this movement. Clearly, they were wrong. You came together to send a clear message to the Peabody administration. You have proven that the Peabody student body has a much stronger voice and we had ever anticipated. Never forget that.


    2. 100 Signees!

      Atticus Mulkey
      Petition Organizer

      Nice job everyone, we have reached 100 signees in less than 24 hours! Also, please checkout the #occupythecaf blog!

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Amazing progress!

      Atticus Mulkey
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Everyone,

      Thanks to people publicizing this petition, mainly on Facebook, we have reached 81 sigs in only a few hours. This has FAR exceeded my expectations and we have to keep pushing to get more signatures. The goal is to get 200 signatures before the weekend so keep posting the petition on people's Facebook walls! We have received signatures from PARENTS of students which is very exciting, and I am currently working to get faculty involved. I have heard that some of our own faculty are very upset at the current state of the cafeteria and Devin being firing.

      Other than that, I will be working with a student organization at the Homewood campus who was able to make changes to their own cafeteria last year.

    5. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      Supporting education issues; we have a special public million dollar school in Stockton with 55 at-risk students that needs an audit and oversight.

      • over 2 years ago

      Ridiculous price for substandard food. Reason isn't just due to recipe but the freshness of ingredients.

      In addition, I strongly push that points should be allowed to be used at homewood campus as well.. As much as hopkins students are encouraged and allowed to take peabody classes, peabody students take hopkins classes too. The separation does not make sense and isn't practiced in most other colleges. Why the division and unnecessary inconvenience?

      This is my observations from 1 semester at peabody while on exchange but it's a sufficient and based review.

    • Robyn Remley LAGUNA HILLS, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a parent, I am concerned about my child's wellbeing. I worry when my child says he isn't eating due to the quality and selection of food provided. Whe my child came home for Thanksgiving ,the first thing I did was notice whether he had lost weight or's not right. I don't think it's too much to ask that my child is provided adequate meals.

    • Patrick Faulkner TAMPA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Coming from a food background, with much more experience than most of those working in the cafeteria, many of the standards and policies followed are outright disgusting, and unsanitary. Having had to study numerous books on food code and regulations as a waiter for multiple businesses, I am disgusted by what I observe on a daily and reoccurring basis. Those working behind the counter should not have open containers of food meant to be served, next to the food they are consuming, while they are serving. The food on the buffet line should be left in chafing dishes, or warming trays, so that they remain at 140 degrees or higher. Food should never be left out for longer than two hours. If left out for longer than two hours, it should be discarded! This causes food-borne diseases and bacteria to manifest on the food, causing the consumer illness. Food should not be cross prepared, which is observed often. The ones preparing the food should wash their hands quite often, and avoiding touching areas that are ridden with bacteria. And if this isn't possible, gloves should be replaced quite often. The panini press, and waffle irons should be wiped down throughly on a daily basis. The gunk and shit that are covering them are repulsive. All of what was mentioned, are just some of the many violations I see daily, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Fact sheets. These sheets are accessible at :

    • Rosie Ward WEST HARTFORD, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      I transferred out of Peabody last year, but one year of food was enough. The silverware was dirty, the salad usually had black bits on it, the vegetables were rotten, and there were very few healthy options. Gary Martin did nothing to address these issues. Peabody students deserve to have healthy, clean food that will not make them sick.


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