If you’ve had it with the politically correct nonsense spewing from the mouths of entitled, self-righteous college students, I suggest you retreat to your ‘safe space’ before reading further.College students have a new source of angst and victimization: the food being served on campus. You may recall that you also complained about the crappy dining hall food when you were in school, but this is different.
Yes, students at an ultra-liberal Ohio college are in an uproar over sushi rice, Vietnamese sandwiches and even the insufficient fried chicken served in the school cafeterias. Apparently, the dishes are “insensitive” and “culturally inappropriate.”
Nope, this isn’t the Onion, folks.
Via the New York Post:Gastronomically correct students at Oberlin College — alma mater of Lena Dunham — are filling the school newspaper with complaints and demanding meetings with campus dining officials and even the college president.
General Tso’s chicken was made with steamed chicken instead of fried — which is not authentically Chinese, and simply “weird,” one student bellyached in the Oberlin Review.
Others were up in arms over banh mi Vietnamese sandwiches served with coleslaw instead of pickled vegetables, and on ciabatta bread, rather than the traditional French baguette.“It was ridiculous,” gripes Diep Nguyen, a freshman who is a Vietnam native.
Worse, the sushi rice was undercooked in a way that was, according to one student, “disrespectful” of her culture. Tomoyo Joshi, a junior from Japan, was highly offended by this flagrant violation of her rice. “If people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as ‘authentic,’ it is appropriative,” she said.Disrespectful rice? Say it ain’t so!
Oberlin’s black student union joined in the fray this month by staging a protest outside Afrikan Heritage House, an on-campus dorm.
The cafeteria there wasn’t serving enough vegan and vegetarian options and had failed to make fried chicken a permanent feature on the Sunday night menu, the school newspaper reported.
Those students started a petition that also recommends the reduction of cream used in dishes, because “black American food doesn’t have much cream in it,” according to the Review.
You might think an adult in the room might tell these whiners to suck it up and realize that cooking for large groups, such as an entire student body, typically results in some tradeoffs in culinary execution. College dining halls can’t be expected to be bastions of epicurean delights. Nor can they please everyone.
Someone might want to tell these kids that if they want a private chef to cater to their every whim, they better aim higher than a $15 minimum wage.
But, on the contrary, it appears college officials at Oberlin are eager to appease these entitled students.
Campus dietitian Michele Gross told the Review this week the first meeting between college officials and dyspeptic students went well, and changes are being implemented to address all concerns.
Yep, we’re not just reaping the fruits of the participation trophy, helicopter parenting generation — we continue to sow the seeds. We’re in trouble.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]