By LAUREN CLOSS
On April 1, Campus Dining announced that the University Center dining hall will no longer offer popular chicken dishes such as wings on Thursdays and Friday nug nights. This decision comes after flyers were passed out on campus featuring baby chickens wearing tiny hats.
These meals, which have remained consistent for decades, have become a staple and weekly tradition for many students.
“I actually only eat chicken, so wings and nugs are some of the only consistent options for me at the UC,” said Meaghan McIntyre, a junior communication and digital studies major. “I go to the dining hall every Thursday and Friday to get them, and have for years now.”
Some students support the decision, pointing out that in addition to saving the hat-sporting chickens, the decision alleviates other environmental and budgetary concerns.
“We waste so much energy and land by raising chickens in a humane way,” said Kate Seltzer, a sophomore political science and communication and digital studies double major. “I say we either grow the meat in a lab or just eat the grains the chickens would have eaten. You can feed a lot more people that way and save a lot of money.”
With hundreds of visitors to the dining hall for each meal, Chef’s Fare goes through hundreds of chickens every Thursday lunch and Friday dinner alone.
Other students are upset about the discontinuation of the meals that have become UMW traditions.
“They already took away our turkey quesadillas, any now they’re coming for my nugs? Oh hell, naw,” said Grace Winfield, a junior mass communication and digital studies major.
Students that have previously petitioned to get a Chick-fil-A on campus are disappointed in the decision and worry about the likelihood of reaching their goal.
“If they’re canceling wings and nugs because of tiny hats, I’m worried,” said Lucas Burkholder, a junior political science major. “I mean, everyone I know would love a Chick-fil-A on campus, but this doesn’t look like a good sign. Maybe we should pass out photos of baby cows in fedoras to encourage people to ‘eat mor chikin.’”
This story is a part of our April Fool’s edition and is intended to be satirical in nature. All information or quotations are made up and not to be taken seriously.