Starbucks vs. Plato II Go
Corporate is detrimental to school’s progress
Katherine McCarty, DC Student
Starbucks. Say the word and already mouths begin to water, so thirsty for that addictive drug we all know as coffee. Some can even smell if from a distance, following with our nose as if a siren were seducing us towards it. I have even been pulled into the waters for an ice cold Mocha Frappuccino! So what will happen to us all when a Starbucks is put into our Plato II Go?
I appreciate the Starbucks franchise for its delectable drinks and treats, but I do not think it belongs at Life University. Just on a title basis, how can a school of philosophy and art move from a to-go shop called Plato II Go, a name derived from a renowned philosopher, to Starbucks, a company whose marketing has been put in place to overcharge us for coffee. Even if the area will still technically be called Plato II Go, would it not be a lie if from within it a commercialized company became the (caffeine-accelerated) beating heart of our café? I see a movement here that does not sit well with my sense of the wholeness and vitality that seems to vibrate from the walls of this university. If a change must occur within Plato II Go, then shouldn’t it be toward the very lifestyle that we are taught to follow? A change toward fruit and vegetable smoothies, for example?
To put the biggest name in over-priced coffee marketing into our school is not going to give the school what it needs. Nor do we need to be spending close to five dollars for a coffee drink. In the academic scene, coffee drinks are sought after to stay awake and keep minds focused for late night studying. On that note, Starbucks would be a good idea, but not great. I do not think our school should go down the path of supporting more coffee for the health of our minds, but rather find other suitable means to create drinks that could be scientifically healthy for our study habits. That, at least would go more with the philosophy of our school.
Do not misunderstand me. If a Starbucks is put in the café of our school, you will see me in line for it. I do not argue that Starbucks should be eradicated from this planet, but rather our school should be progressive in its philosophy, and not just satisfy the popular addiction to coffee.