Michael Heylen, a senior studying business, started a Facebook gro Feb. 21 called Allow Caffeine at BYU-Idaho. He said the gro’s purpose is to show a demand for caffeinated drinks on campus.
“I know the issue of caffeinated drinks has been declined by the school before,” Heylen said. “I believe we should be able to purchase caffeinated drinks on school grounds.”
According to www.marketplace.org, the United States is ranked 16th in the world in caffeine consumption. With all the caffeine consumption going on in the country, there are still no caffeinated drinks sold on campus.
“We haven’t offered [them] since I’ve been here and I don’t foresee it changing,” said Todd Huchendorf, general manager of The Crossroads.
Huchendorf said he would not deny that there was a demand for the caffeinated drinks here on campus.
“I would love to have them on campus,” said Nardy Joseph, a sophomore studying exercise sports science. “I think they taste better than non-caffeinated drinks.”
Joseph said she drinks almost one Coke a day and since she can’t buy it on campus, she usually goes somewhere off-campus.
According to www.energyfiend.com, soft drinks, not including energy drinks, have anywhere from 9mg to 93mg of caffeine. An 8-ounce c of Starbucks brewed coffee has 180mg of caffeine.
“I think people use it to wake themselves ,” said Stephanie Packer, a junior studying early childhood special development. “If they had the drinks on campus it would be good for some people, but I don’t drink them.”
Saychelle Youngberg, a junior studying English, said she thinks students should find other ways to make it through the day.
“It’s just a crutch to get us through the day when we should just go to bed early,” Youngberg said.
Some students who don’t eat a lot on campus said it is not a concern.
“I am indifferent to the issue. As a married man I usually bring food and drink from home,” said Daniel Gruwell, a senior studying business management.
According to a study called Food and Chemical Toxology, the daily consumption of caffeine for adults age 20 to 24 is around 162.1 mg.
Certain stores off-campus offer to 44-ounce drinks for as little as 80 cents.