Over 500 students at The Catholic University of America have signed a petition to have Starbucks removed from the campus, citing the coffee giant’s financial support of Planned Parenthood and its efforts to overturn traditional marriage.
Students currently pay $3 to $5 for a 20 oz cup of coffee at Starbucks Coffee in the Pryzbyla Center. Compare this to $2 to $4 for a comparable 20 oz Dunkin Donuts Coffee at other universities. These high prices help maintain Starbucks’ above average profit margin of 10.66% and fund their numerous political activities.
Starbucks is currently using their revenues to overturn a federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman, and also for gift-matching to Planned Parenthood. We, the community of Catholic University of America, feel that we are entitled to a less expensive cup of coffee, whose price corresponds only to the quality of the product and not to the political agenda of the corporation.
The petition suggests having students run a coffee shop as a way to bring down the price of a cup of coffee as well as a way to offer business students a hands-on experience of running a business. They point out that numerous other Catholic universities have student-run coffee shops, including Ave Maria, Benedictine, Georgetown, Providence College, and University of Dallas.
CUA spokesperson Victor Nakas told The Cardinal Newman Society that administrators “will be offering to meet with students to discuss this petition, but at this time we have no plans to transition to a student run coffee shop.”
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