Some students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are really upset about the school’s meal plan for incoming freshmen. A group of students blocked access to the school’s largest dining hall yesterday in protest over a plan that will make it mandatory for incoming freshman living in UW residence halls to deposit a minimum of $1,400 into a meal plan account.
Protesters read testimonies describing how the meal plan will negatively impact low-income students and those with dietary restrictions, as well as chanted slogans like “I can’t eat” before marching through the market area of the dining hall and eventually blocking the entrance to the market for about 15 minutes.
— The Daily Cardinal (@dailycardinal) February 14, 2018
The plan was announced in December and is scheduled to billed to students on a quarterly basis, depending on the number of meals a students consumes.
Student Rena Newman was also upset that students were not informed of the policy in what she felt was a proper way, telling the Badger-Herald “We didn’t find out about this policy through transparency. We found out through a news story after the policy had already been implemented.”
No student representative was part of the decision making process, by all accounts.
University officials said they were aware of the planned protest and welcomed the students views and respect their right to express them.
Protesters are throwing dining trays and chanting “no justice, no peace, this meal plan can’t eat” pic.twitter.com/CHsH9cz7YO
— Lawrence Andrea (@LAndrea_21) February 14, 2018
— Abby Doeden (@abbsdoeden) February 14, 2018
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