Is Caffeine disappearing from the Union College campus?

Stefani Leeper

This year, rumor is circulating that the sale of caffeinated drinks at Cooper’s Corner, coffee in particular, has significantly dropped because said items have disappeared from the sales racks. According to Dr. Linda Becker, the vice president for Student Services, there has been no change in the school’s policy regarding caffeine, which still remains unclear.

Adventist institutions do not usually provide caffeine to their faculty, staff, and students—even at related functions and outings—and as a fellow Adventist establishment, Union College strives to provide an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle, shared Becker. “What we are trying to do is show integrity about pursuing a healthy lifestyle.”

She suggests that while there may be differences in what’s being sold on campus, the difference could simply be a sign of the “creep factor,” in which caffeinated items have gradually disappeared from the shelves.

To confirm rumor, Cooper’s Corner no longer sells coffee. Tea, however, remains available for students to purchase.

Each serving of tea sold by Cooper’s Corner and Union Market falls under the recommended amount of daily caffeinated intake permitted by Union’s caffeine policy, but coffee does not, shared a Cooper’s Corner employee wishing to remain anonymous.  

The real issue boils down to the amount of consumption: the point between peak and crash, the point of optimal brain function.

Depending on how an individual metabolizes caffeine and the amount of intake, caffeine can actually have positive effects on the body. In fact, the typical college student can consume 300mg-400mg (two cups) of coffee daily without contributing to adverse effects, cites caffeineinformer.com.

According to the website, caffeine contributes to and aids in alertness, pain relief, physical endurance, motivation and productivity and the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. However, caffeine can also contribute to insomnia, jitters, addiction, headaches, increased blood pressure, anxiety and heart conditions.   

On the bright side for those who need their fix, caffeine is never far away, as frequent visitors to The Mill like to testify. And, for those who prefer to limit their intake of caffeine but still enjoy the benefits of improved physical and mental functions, exercise proves an easy alternative.

No matter the students’ choice for increasing their brain functionality, tea continues to be served at Cooper’s Corner and Union Market for those students who need a little pick-me-up.

Stefani is a junior studying communication.