Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003
From: John _____ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: jcouture at s-t dot com
Jon, great article about Soccer and Freddy Adu. Its reading articles like this that will get people to watch our beautiful game and appreciate it.
All I hear and read about soccer is negative. And the people being negative do not know anything about soccer. Just wanted to thank you and tell you I enjoyed reading your article and look forward to reading more of your writings.
| In response to the article "Vegans Want More Options," in Monday's Daily Free Press (pg. 3), maybe Dining Services Director Joshua Hubbard is confused about the meaning of the word "vegan."|
To clarify, it means no animal products; and yes, eggs and cheese do count as animal products. So now you can see how lasagna is not vegan. First of all, soy cheese has never been offered to us. The lasagna on "Taste of the NFL" night was doused in cream sauce -- this is not vegan, even though we were told by managers that it was.
And in response to a letter written by Mr. Hubbard (Nov. 12, pg. 6): since when has blatant lying been the policy of dining hall managers? Firstly, all those entrées you listed, except for the herbed polenta, are absolutely repulsive. Have you tasted your own food? Your soy chicken and sausage taste like dog food. The filling of the shepherd's pie is the only thing that that is vegan; the bread that goes with it is baked with butter. Soy ice cream is never available during dining hours -- that is an explicit fabrication. And either you are lying about the pasta being vegan or you are lying about training your employees. Either way, dining hall services has some serious re-organizing to do. I have asked numerous times if the pasta is vegan, and I am nightly assured that there are eggs in it. I talk to managers on a regular basis, I have written letters and comment cards -- absolutely nothing is being done.
Every vegan student here is dissatisfied with the dining options -- all concerns have been voiced and dining services turns a deaf ear. Even the things that are vegan are tainted by the horrible handling skills of your employees. Just today I was trying to make a burrito, when I was sickened to see the guacamole knife covered in sour cream and pieces of chicken and cheese in the beans. This happens on a regular basis. Employees at the deli counter handle the meat and then handle our vegetables. They put our garden burgers on the buns right after scooping up handfuls of meat without changing gloves -- this is absolutely repulsive. Do your job and train your employees!
You can't justify giving us enough options just by mentioning vegan entrées, just look at the size of these disgusting parcels of "food." Plus, the entrées do not nearly meet our dietary needs. One night it was mushrooms and pasta -- where is the protein? Either you begin to actually listen to our complaints and change what is being served at the dining hall, or you can allow us to have our own vegan dining or housing option. Money is yet another issue: we are paying the same price as everyone else for food when we are clearly not consuming most of the animal products that this money purchases. If one were to examine the price of each meal, and then look at the food that vegans can actually eat (and breakfast, I might add, is a fine example of this), then you would notice a massive price discrepancy, in favor of the university. This policy is unfair and unjust and one would think that a prestigious university such as BU would know better than to insult the intelligence of its vegan students. If you want to know how to improve our dining experience that we pay for then please, feel free to contact me, because my own attempts have been futile.
Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2003
To: jcouture at s-t dot com
Just wanted to let you know that since the playoffs for the World Seriese, I've become a big fan of yours. I like the way you tell it like it is -- or maybe it's because you've been saying everything I've been waiting for someone to say.
Keep up the good work!!!!!