18 October 2010

Kent State vies for the title of PETA2’s ‘Most Vegan-Friendly College’ in America

After a year’s worth of hard work, dedication and tough competition it’s finally here. Yes the brackets are set and the time has come to determine the best of the best in the vegan world’s version of March Madness; peta2’s fifth annual Most Vegan-Friendly Colleges. The contest in which the winner is not decided by the conquering of a foe but rather how much compassion is displayed toward nature and one’s own health.

And this year my alma mater, Kent State University, is out to dominate the competition—ok so there is a bit of foe conquering involved.

"As concern for the environment and animal suffering grows, so does the demand for vegan food options, and Kent State is answering the call," says peta2 Director Dan Shannon. "The best way for collegians to stay fit, reduce their carbon footprint, and help animals is to remove meat, eggs, and dairy from their diet."

The Golden Flashes are in the running for the top spot in the “Large U.S. School” division thanks to the efforts of the Kent State University Animal and Environmental Awareness student organization.

The group, along with an assist from peta2, gathered more than 2,500 signatures to support the addition of vegan dining options to the KSU campus.

To say the movement was a success would be an understatement.

Due to the campaign, Kent State dining services is planning to add a new vegan-friendly menu that includes mouthwatering fare such as Alpine vegan chicken casserole and dairy-free chocolate ice cream.

Congratulation KSU, I am one very proud alumnus.

If you would like to view all of the nominees and vote for Kent State—or if you must, your school—visit the peta2 Most Vegan-Friendly College competition site. First round deadline is today, October 18.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney
Eric is the co-founder & executive editor of This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his TDIV work, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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