For many students here at WMU, one of the factors that played a role in choosing this university was the multiple menus for students with different eating styles. I have been vegan for almost a year now and when it came to colleges I thought I would be eating salads every day for every meal, however, Western Michigan University advertised that they offered different menus for many different diets such as vegetarian, gluten free and vegan.
On Western’s website they have a PDF file attached listing all the vegan “options” they have. This list includes drinks (juices and coke products), various sauces (tabasco), pancake syrup, shortening and ice cream cones. They listed four different soups, fries and five different desserts. Out of the 78 items listed, only 27 are actual sustainable meals. But for someone like me, who abstains from sugar or fried foods, all I would be able to eat are four different soup choices.
After viewing this outrageous “list of numerous different options,” I decided to do some research myself. I recorded the number of actual vegan options they offered in the cafeterias from Monday, Oct. 22 to Sunday, Oct. 28. The numbers of daily options were ridiculously low.
Bistro 3, only had two different options the whole week and the Burnhams and Valley I had no options the whole week for lunch. This whole week I have been eating the same sandwich, salad and an occasional stir-fry. I think it’s outrageous that I’m paying roughly $9.57 for a meal and I’m eating the same thing every day. We are paying between $3,384 and $4,074 a year for our meals. That’s a lot of money going to the dining services. There should be more options for student with different eating styles, as advertised on WMU’s Website.