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Peta2 Nominates Xavier as Vegan Friendly

By Rachael Harris
On October 19, 2012

Xavier University has been nominated by peta2, PETA's youth division, to compete in the organization's
seventh annual Most Vegan-Friendly College contest.
One college out of 32 large and 32 small schools will be selected to win. Xavier University will be competing this year as a small school for the first time.
A vegan abstains from eating or using any animal products, including eggs, dairy, gelatin and honey, as well as leather and other goods created from animals. A vegetarian simply refrains from eating meat. "As a vegetarian and animal rights activist, I think Xavier should definitely be nominated because of its recent efforts in the past few years," senior Brett Sweeney, vice president of Animals, People, & the Earth at Xavier (APEX), said. "In the caf, there is a vegan station that ©2012 the Xavier Newswire All rights reserved
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complete proteins for vegetarians
and vegans."
The competition began Oct. 8, and the first round of voting ended Oct. 16. Round one winners
will be announced later today
when the second round of voting begins.
Winners are selected based on number of votes, variety and quality of vegan foods offered by the universities, university enthusiasm
for promoting vegan alternatives
and student feedback.
According to peta2, Xavier's cafeteria offers a variety of vegan dishes, including sweet-and-sour tofu, chana masala, black bean chili with dark ale and snow peas and tofu stir fry.
"I think Xavier is certainly more vegan-friendly than most schools were even a decade or two ago," Dr. John Sniegocki, advisor
of APEX, said. "When I became a vegetarian in college about 30 years ago, for example, there was only one vegetarian entree available
at each meal. At Xavier today there are numerous and varied veg-friendly options."
The number of vegetarian college
students has increased by 50 percent and the number of college vegan students has doubled in the past year, so this competition is pertinent to today's students.
"The vegan revolution is in full swing, and nowhere is that more evident
than at Xavier University and other schools across the country," peta2 Associate Director Marta Holmberg said. "The best way that students can fortify their health for a tough year of hitting the books, protect the environment and save animals' lives at the same time is to go vegan."
For more information or to vote for Xavier in the competition, visit

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