People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is hosting an online, March Madness-style competition to determine the most vegan-friendly college.
UC Davis has already secured a framed certificate by making it to the top 10, which is more than UC Berkeley can say. Eat our animal-friendly dirt, Cal!
Also in the Elite Eight are UCLA, University of Florida, New York University, University of Maryland, Colorado State University and University of Colorado, Boulder.
Thanks to the dining halls’ vegan corners, Meatless Mondays and common options such as vegan seitan fajitas, the Vegan Aggie Burger and vegan cupcakes, UC Davis is a hot contender to become this year’s Cinderella.
“As concern for the environment and animal suffering grows, so does the demand for vegan food options, and UC Davis is answering the call,” said Dan Shannon, director of peta2 – PETA’s youth division.
UC Davis already established itself as a bracket buster when it surpassed UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and University of Oregon. In the past three years East Coast schools such as Wesleyan University and American University dominated PETA’s vegan tournament.
This year, the contest has been broken down into three competitions: large and small U.S. schools, both with 32 competitors, and Canadian schools with 16 competitors.
To attest to a school’s vegan-friendliness, vote online at peta2.com/VeganColleges. Voting for round three ends Nov. 1, with the champions ultimately being announced Nov. 19.
– Janelle Bitker
Halloween Critical Mass will be attempting a take over the streets of Davis this Friday. Bicyclists interested in participating in the mass-riding event will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Central Park. Organizers said they will be under the oak tree. You know, that one. Costumes are encouraged.
A reminder to all full-time workers – if you don’t have time to vote on Nov. 2, you are legally guaranteed two paid hours off of work to do so. Just be sure to give your employer two business days notice. Also … there is an election Nov. 2.
Picnic Day forum
Defend public belligerence in a forum to discuss Picnic Day 2011. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Davis Senior Center. It is recommended that participants attend sober.
– Becky Peterson