Ally Diamond, sophomore at Binghamton, recalls always wanting to be a Nurse. She also dreamt of experiencing the college life by being a social butterfly as well as achieving the grades required for Binghamton’s competitive Decker School of Nursing.
Diamond is an active student at Binghamton. She balances being vice president of her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, with completing the prerequisites for nursing and practices animal awareness by being a vegetarian.
Diamond chose to become a vegetarian due to unhealthy preservatives in meat and most importantly, her love for animals.
Like most students, Diamond enjoys spending time at the dining hall with her friends. However, she told HC about that the difficulties of finding meals in the dining halls that are vegetarian friendly. She lives in
the Newing community, and eats most of her meals at the Newing dining hall which she finds to be frustrating.
“I usually eat bagels pasta or pizza. Its frustrating because there are so few healthy
options”. There are health concerns for vegetarians when it comes to eating on campus because it is so extremely limited.", Diamond said.
Another problem Diamond encounters as a vegetarian is cross contamination.
“Even when I do choose to get a vegetarian sandwich I have to ask them to clean the
knife. I shouldn’t have to ask. It should just be an option”, Diamond explained.
Diamond feels that there should be separate knives for vegetarians along with separate
Most would agree that there should be a wider range of vegetarian options on Binghamton's campus. Diamond is not an extremely strict vegetarian, but still finds it tough to vary her diet with what the dining hall has to offer. Hopefully in the future, Binghamton University will take steps to cater to students like Ally, who opt to live a vegetarian lifestyle.
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