Mandatory student meal plans opposed at Alaska university
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A University of Alaska Fairbanks student has launched a protest campaign against the school’s mandatory meal plans for undergraduates living on campus.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Sunday that 19-year-old freshman Brennan Lippert says mandated meal plans are an extra financial burden for students who already pay high costs.
A spokeswoman says the university requires undergraduate students residing on campus to buy a meal plan, with the exception of undergraduates in on-campus family housing.
The school began requiring freshmen to live on campus this year.
Lippert has carried a sign on campus reading, “Mandatory Meal Plans are a Scam,” while gathering student signatures on a petition.
Lippert says acceptable changes include allowing students to opt out of meal plans and providing another campus residential option without a meal plan.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com