Students Say: Being Vegan at WVU

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Kristen Arbogast

By Abby Humphreys

Kristen Arbogast is a 20-year-old junior from New Martinsville, WV, who has been vegan since June 2016.

Why did you become vegan?

I became vegan after watching three documentaries: Earthlings, Forks Over Knives, and Cowspiracy. The documentaries touched on everything I care about, such as health, the environment, and preventing animal cruelty. However, my main reason for changing my diet was because of my love for animals.

What were some challenges to becoming (and staying) vegan?

Some of the hardest aspects of being a “new vegan” would be finding convenient vegan foods. There were a lot of things that I could simply microwave and eat before becoming vegan, but after making that dietary change, I couldn’t eat them anymore. It may seem silly, but when I realized that certain breads, cereals and soups were vegan, it became a lot easier because I could always fall back on them for a meal.


Students Say: Celebrating Pi Day

By Isabella Tennant

Pi Day (March 14) is celebrated by many schools and universities across the country for its numerical resemblance to the mathematical constant pi, which is usually shortened to 3.14. On this day, students celebrate by eating tasty treats and doing activities to celebrate the joys of math.

When I asked students about their past experiences with Pi Day, a few students recounted similar stories.

kaleiKalei Harris, a freshman, said that she “had pizza, cakes, pies, cookies, and cupcakes” during her childhood. To relate the foods back to math, she said: “We had to calculate the circumference of the food we brought for a grade.” You can find a recipe for an easy pizza pie here.


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Students Say: Winter Comfort Foods

Just a week from the start of spring, this winter’s worst storm will soon hit Morgantown. Stay warm with these tried-and-true comfort foods from students around campus.

By Isabella Tennant

Winter weather often leads to some desperate and feeble attempts at fighting the cold. When I asked students what they do beyond donning an extra pair of socks to stay upbeat during this season, many of them referred to a common comfort: Food.

When I asked students about their go-to winter comfort foods, I assumed everyone would mention recipes that had been in their families for years.

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Tom Lyall

“It’s gotta be my mom’s vegetable soup.” Tom Lyall, a junior from Morgantown, said when I asked about his winter comfort food. He was adamant that the dish was more of a soup than a stew. (You can find a recipe for an easy vegetable soup here.)



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