Abstentions latest to offer a vegan option on campus

With the recent addition of vegan ice cream at Abstentions, the convenience store joined the likes of Mike’s Place and Rooster’s as restaurants that offer vegan food at Carleton. Not to be left out, Carleton University Dining Services, the organization in charge of the cafeteria in Residence Commons among other on-campus locations, has offered vegan options for a while now. Jane Skapinker, a registered dietitian for Dining Services, said they are always trying to offer more vegan options. “While we may not have used the term ‘vegan,’ we have always made an effort to incorporate a variety of foods, including plant based foods,” Skapinker said, “and as the demand has grown for vegan foods, so have our options.” Indeed, the […]

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Eating vegan on campus: Are there any options?

The transition into university can be difficult on its own, but factor in a vegan lifestyle and it can be even more difficult to adapt and find places to eat on campus that accommodate different eating habits. Over three per cent of North Americans are now vegan, compared to 1.5 per cent in 2009, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group, a non-profit organization that aims to educate the public about issues related to veganism.  These numbers may seem small, but as they continue to rise post-secondary institutions like Carleton University are being pressured to provide ethical and raw foods for their students. Eating vegan while living on residence Breanna Jones is a second-year health sciences student at Carleton who said […]

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The freshman 15: Is it a myth?

Every student has heard the expression, the Freshman 15—the 15 pounds a typical student gains in their first year of university. A quick Google search of “freshman 15” brings up countless articles on how to avoid putting on this freshman fat, including ones that tell students to cut out sugary foods and stop stress eating. Even though research is plentiful, the results inconsistently determine the amount of weight a first-year student can expect to gain in university. So, do students actually gain 15 pounds, or is the Freshman 15 just a myth? Only a few pounds A study for the National Institute of Health (NIH) by Nicole L. Mihalopoulos, Peggy Auinger, and Jonathan D. Klein discovered that first-year students do gain a […]

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Consuming caffeine: the good, the bad, and the coffee

Hoards of groggy students wind around the coffee shops on campus. The rich aroma of Arabica beans fills the air and the nostrils of caffeine-hungry students. Good morning, what can I get for you?  A large coffee with milk, please. It’s just before Carleton’s 8:35 a.m. classes begin, and students are trying to get their coveted coffee fix to avoid dozing off in lecture. Kailey Wright, a first-year global and international studies student, said she struggles to attend early classes if she doesn’t have a coffee. She said she makes her own coffee at home and also buys it at coffee shops. She said she usually drinks about five cups of coffee a day, and sometimes up to eight cups. […]

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Carleton launches new food labelling system

Carleton’s Dining Services have unveiled a new food labelling initiative for on-campus food services to distinguish between vegetarian, vegan, halal, and gluten-free items. Jane Skapinker, Dining Services’ registered dietitian, said the logos will be on menu boards and items across campus. “I’d like students to know that even though we feed thousands of people per day, we always have time to talk to you and make special accommodations if need be,” Skapinker said. Vegetarian items will be labeled if the food does not contain any meat products. Food items labeled vegan will not include any animal products, including dairy or eggs. Foods labeled halal will be items that follow Islamic religious laws on consuming food. Some of these laws include specific […]

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