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Bottled Water Ban Affects Loyola Students

This past fall, Loyola University Chicago stopped selling bottled water on campus.

I asked ten random Loyola students how they felt  about the ban.  Most students said the ban hasn’t benefited Loyola’s objective to be more environmental-friendly.

“I don’t think it has changed the amount of bottles I’ve seen on campus,” said sophomore Steven Yandall. “I’m glad they’re doing it, I just don’t know if it’s had the desired effect.”

After the ban, Loyola has set up numerous water bottle filling stations, where students may fill up their reusable water bottle.

“It’s had positive impacts,” said sophomore Ryan Stanfield on the refill stations. “A lot of the freshmen population who were not used to having bottled water are now using more of the water filling station and buying reusable water bottles. It is sort of an inconvenience to those of us who knew how it was before.”

Upperclassmen agreed that the ban has its ups and downs.

“I think it is going well in the sense that the water refill systems are very good,” said Abby Kleckler, senior Journalism major. “At the same time, I think it is ridiculous that you can still buy pop and juices in plastic bottles but you can’t buy water, which seems counterintuitive.”

Many students have also noticed the fact that campus markets not only are filled with the same amount of plastic bottles as last year, but are now selling Dasani flavored water in replacement of the bottled water.

“A lot of people are pissy about it. It is funny how they got around the whole ban by selling flavored water. That is still water,” laughs Emily Paul, 20, a junior Theatre major.

Loyola discontinued the selling of water bottles after elections for Loyola’s 2012-2013 student government. At the end of the ballot, there was a poll about whether or not students wanted to continue selling bottled water or if it should be excluded from the campus’ markets. Those included in the poll were undergraduates who voted for student government.

However, Loyola’s 5,000 graduate students were not given the opportunity to vote.

Law student Kevin Brejcha was not happy to be left out of the vote. “They don’t realize that we share the exact same campus and now we don’t have the option of buying water. It is just stupid,” the 23-year-old claimed. “Excluding 5,000 students is unethical and wrong, especially when it may directly affect those students.”

Convenience seemed to be one of the stronger arguments against the ban.

“I’ve seen a lot of reusable water bottles, but I really don’t like not having the option of buying [bottled water],” said Amanda Tagliarino, 21, a senior Accounting major. “I still bring my water bottle, but on days I forget, I just buy it from somewhere other than Loyola.”

The majority of Loyola students had their arguments about the ban, but none were completely against it.

“There is a lot of opposition from students because of the lack of convenience,” said Erin O’Neill, 21, a junior Communications major. “I think that it was a good choice on behalf of the University for sustainability reasons.”

Photo by: Streetwise Cycle/Wikimedia Commons

  • written by mtaiber on October 4th, 2012
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