Students Conflicted in Response to Coke’s Triumph

By Hannah Teramura, Oct. 28, 2015.

Liberty University recently announced the entire campus will be switching from Pepsi products to Coke products, causing many students to rejoice and others to complain.

Pepsi products will soon be completely removed from the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall. Taken by Hannah Teramura.

President Jerry Falwell tweeted Sept. 24 that Coke had won after a close race. Coke triumphed over Pepsi by a mere 272 votes.  Falwell’s original tweet can be found here.

The director of food service operations, Louis Cambeletta, told the Liberty Champion the transition from Pepsi to Coke will happen by Jan. 31, 2016, if not even a few weeks sooner.

The students are reacting to this news in one of three ways:

  1. Excitement

Allison Zook, a sophomore nursing major, is stoked about this new change.

While she will extremely miss Brisk, Zook finds that Coke offers more products of her preference. She is eagerly looking forward to the new options Coke provides.

“Sierra Mist was okay, but there is nothing like Sprite,” Zook said.

Many students, just like Zook, are thrilled by this change and cannot wait for it to take place. However, others are not so thrilled.

2. Disappointment 

Kairo Calabretta, a freshman here at Liberty, is upset because of the loss of Mountain Dew and other Pepsi favorites.

Calabretta prefers Pepsi products, thus, he is disappointed and will miss his carbonated favorites for the rest of his college experience at LU.

“I don’t know how I am going to survive college without it [Mountain Dew], it’s my go-to liquid energy,” Calabretta said.

3. Indifference 

Many students like Annie Henderson, a 18-year-old freshman, are simply indifferent about this change.

Henderson doesn’t have a particular preference when it comes to Coke or Pepsi. She barely ever drinks soda because of it’s unhealthy nature.

“This change will not affect me at all,” Henderson said.

However, all the students, no matter where they stand on this change, seem to love the fact that the university let the student body decide.

Falwell told the Liberty Champion that at the end of the day, since the financial difference between Coke and Pepsi products was so small, he would leave it up to the students.

“I feel respected that we are paying for tuition, room and board and they allowed us that choice of where our money is going,” Zook said.

Calabretta took a similar stance.

“Let the people paying the money make the decision,” Calabretta said.

Students seem to believe that the fact that Falwell allowed the students to make the decision, sets the stage for future positive decisions to be made in the years to come.

More details about this upcoming change on campus can be found on the Liberty Champion.