Food on College Campuses: Is it making you overweight, sick, and tired?

Food on college campuses around the country are becoming a growing concern.

Trying to stay healthy is more important to college age students than ever.

According to USA Today: College “The AHA reported 46% of all students on college campuses are trying to lose weight.”

The fact is, high calorie, high fat “junk” food is less expensive. it is easier for college cafeterias to serve mass produced unhealthy food.

A website named “Is It Bad For You?” wrote an article on Sodexo. Sodexo is a food service company that provides food to over 850 college campuses around the world; including Morningside College.

Their short answer is: “Sodexo is not healthy. They are a mass produced food service company with great marketing. The food may sound healthy, but it is heavily processed and high in carbohydrates, fat, and chemicals.”

In the midst of all this, colleges and universities are doing their best to lower food related health problems. College cafeterias are also trying to give their students healthier options for their students including fruit options and salad bars. Education regarding nutrition and exercise for healthy living.


Colleges promote healthy living campaigns, food options on campus


Media Comment #3

In this article by Joanna Klien from the New York Times, the age old question of why cutting onions makes humans cry is answered by scientist.

To “cut” to the chase, when chopped, cut, or squashed, onions release lachrymatory factor (LF). This is a chemical that makes the eye water.

When the cells of the onion are broken, LF is released as a defense mechanism. Although onions without LF have been genetically created in Japan, they do not taste like the regular onions.

Despite the few tears shed over preparing this delicious food, people still use it in all kinds of recipes and meals.

Now, is this article really news?

In looking at the news values discussed, one that could relate to this article is human interest. Onions have been making cooks all over the world tear up for a long time.

Although this doesn’t seem like a pressing issue, it is a light hearted story that gives readers an answer to a question.

Another value that this article could be seen as valuable for is prominence. Onions are a very popular vegetable that is used all over the world. Why not look into the science behind these flavor-filled plants?



Media Comment #2

In the article titled “More Diversity Means More Demands” by Laura Pappano from the New York Times, the continual insistence of change within seven colleges in Los Angeles is reported. The passage goes on to explain the rise in ethnic diversity these institutions have seen in the recent years, and the correlation of that to the increasing demands from students that are becoming more frequent. There are multiple scenarios where students are either petitioning to get a professor fired, wanting to meet about representation of particular ethnic groups or sexual backgrounds, or just wanting more say in what is going on in their school. There was one particular example that reminded me of a subject we talked about in class regarding speakers on college campuses. Students on the campus of Claremont McKenna protested the appearance of Heather Mac Donald who is known for her judgment on the “Black lives matter” movement. Similarly, Sam Clovis is set to speak on Morningside’s campus. Even if some don’t approve, should speakers like Clovis and Mac Donald still be able to speak? In a different light, I think Pappano does a favorable job of staying objective in the article. It is important to recognize when news is bias, and the idea that news is suppose to be objective is becoming less and less popular. This article brings many questions of how much power students should have when referring to their educational facilities, but only reports the facts and lets the audience decide.

Say “Hey!” to Jose

Jose Gonzalez is a student at Morningside College from Orange County, California. To some, Jose is simply a college student at a junior standing, majoring in photography with two minors in journalism and advertising. Yet, there is more to Jose than meets the eye. Jose has been involved in multiple groups on campus including  Morninside Activities Council (MAC), International Student Association (ISA), and Students Helping Advocate Diversity (SHADES). On top of those groups, Jose is very passionate about photo club,  capturing photos for different campus events and going to conferences to learn about different techniques and participate in workshops. When Jose isn’t working on his academics or focuses on his clubs, you can find him in the basement of the Olson Student center working at the Mustang Grill, also known as Buck’s. Jose enjoys cooking in his free time, so working in the kitchen at Buck’s is more of a hobby than a job. Looking to the future, Jose even sees himself attending culinary arts school to master his skills. Also in the future, our Californian friend sees himself potentially working in journalism for the U.S Army. Jose hopes to continue enjoying his journey at Morningside College these next two years, while focusing especially on his studies. Mr. Gonzalez says after being in school for this long he is “… hooked on Morningside.”