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Coffee Debate on Campus

Recently, Aramark, Loyola’s food distributor, made the decision to switch from serving Metropolis coffee, a locally owned business with a longstanding relationship with the university, to Starbucks coffee, a popular national chain. I conducted an informal survey among members of the Loyola community to gather their feelings on the controversial decision.

Most students support Metropolis

“I’m not a huge coffee drinker so it doesn’t affect me that much, but when it comes down to the fact that Loyola’s no longer supporting Metropolis, I feel like that’s not in the university’s or the students’ best interests,” said Langston Matthews, a junior. “I think it’s better to support local businesses.”

Junior Lauren Penny, a secondary education major, agreed, saying, “Starbucks is a national chain, and is doing fine financially, but I think if we have the opportunity to support a business in Rogers Park then we should take it.”

Some prefer Starbucks, still side with Metropolis

Some students admit that while they have a preference for Starbucks coffee, they feel that Metropolis should continue to be supported by the university.

“I go to Starbucks every day, so in the long run I’m not sure it makes much of a difference to me, but just for the sake of helping local businesses I’d probably side with Metropolis,” stated senior David Mielcarek.

“I personally prefer Starbucks over Metropolis, but I would also like to see a local business supported by the university, especially since it’s just a few blocks away from the Lake Shore campus,” said Molly McGee, a senior.

Not a big deal to some Loyolans

Not all members of the Loyola community feel particularly swayed either way by the decision.

“I don’t really care too much because I don’t usually buy coffee on campus. It doesn’t affect me,” said Emily Stram, a junior Criminal Justice major.

The coffee served on campus is not a huge deal to all Loyolans, with one person bringing a lighthearted suggestion to the table.

“They should go with Dunkin’ Donut. It’s better!” joked Sue Albright, an Information Assisant at the university.

Photo by: Julius Schorzman/ Wikimedia


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