Saturday, October 6, 2007

Veg Out!

We are currently writing the application for Late Night Funding for our event, "Veg Out!" At our last meeting, we discussed the details of the event, such as budget and logistics. Here is our vague outline for the event:
Date: Nov 9th or 10th
Time: 8:30PM-1:00AM
Location: Arnold Lounge or Metcalf 129 (
Food: Hopefully Garden Grille Cafe ( Unfortunately, there is a Brown First policy which states that we can only use an outside service is Brown Dining services is unable to fulfill our needs. So I have to negotiate with them now.
Movies: Finding Nemo and The Protector (It is a Thai martial arts film about a guy who has to protect elephants. Watch the trailer here)
Plan: First eating/socializing, then Finding Nemo, then a short break for discussion/socializing, then The Protector.
We still need to finalize the date, the room, the food, and facilities management, so that we can rent tables.
We will reschedule the KFC protest once we receive the literature from peta.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


We have changed our name to BARC - Brown Animal Rights Club! This name gives us a clear purpose and pronunciation. Hopefully this will lead to less confusion.

Here are the notes from the last meeting, courtesy of Tisa:

We decided to do the KFC demo from 4:30 to 5:30pm on October 3rd. (not sure which kfc yet.)

We need to come up with 100 names by September 30th for the veg pledge. We'll each be responsible for (at least) 10 -15.
PLEASE download the sign-up sheet here:
Download it quickly because it will expire 9/30!

We considered Chicken Run, Babe, Finding Nemo and Charlotte's Web for veg movie night. We're waiting to hear back from BEAN. If we don't hear back from them by our next meeting, we'll proceed without them.

We'll bring KFC protest fliers to the next meeting for everyone to distribute in their dorms and around campus.

We will vote on a movie next week.

Please visit . It's a social networking site specifically for animal rights.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Happy New (School) Year!

Here is what we discussed at our first meeting of the year:
College Veg Pledge! (Tuesday, November 13)
We want to plan an activity the weekend before the pledge day (Nov 9 or 10) using the SAO's Late Night fund, possibly a joint venture with BEAN. We would serve vegan food, show an AR-themed movie, and get people to sign up for the pledge.
We will tableslip for the next meeting, which is Thursday, 9/20, 7-8pm in Wilson 105. If you can tableslip Ratty lunch on Thursday, please let us know.
We will also be protesting KFC soon.
We all want to improve the quality of vegetarian food in the cafeterias. Let's think of concrete improvements that could be made and then suggest them to Dining Services.
Currently, meetings are Thursdays, 7-8 in Wilson 105. If this time doesn't work for you, but you want to come to the meetings, let us know, because we can still change it.
Also, we might want a name change. Animal Rights Club? Vegetarian Club? Post your suggestions.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Last Meeting & Food Services

At our last meeting, we talked about making a booklet that says what animal ingredients foods from the Ratty, VDub, etc. have in them. We also divided up the task, assigning each person an eatery. We also discussed showing a vegetarian-related movie and the Meatrix (, and we could give people the free flyers we got. On Tuesday, Kate, Aditi, and I met with Bridget from food services, who is the nutritionist who determines the menu for the Ratty. Basically, our idea ran into a lot of problems. Some of these aren't problems with our idea so much as they are problems with how the Ratty operates.
-The Ratty's definition of "vegetarian" and "vegan" currently does not take food additives, such as honey, carmine, or gelatin, into consideration. So, they can label a dish vegan even if it has gelatin. Although, it's highly unlikely that any of the normal vegan foods at the Ratty would have gelatin in them (you know, like salad and pasta). Btw, the pasta is eggless unless it says egg noodles. And there's no chicken stock in any of the vegetarian soups, or anything like that.
-They buy a lot of products pre-made from their suppliers. Their suppliers aren't normal grocery store brands like Kraft, etc. so it can be hard to find out what the ingredients are.
-When their suppliers run out of an item, they temporarily replace it with a similar item. That means, that even if some product they get (like a sauce or something) is vegan, they might replace it with a non-vegan sauce on short notice.
-On the bright side, the vegetarian food is made separately from the meat food (e.g. veggie burgers are cooked separately from the hamburgers, etc.). This is to comply with food safety standards.
-Also, a lot of their vegan items are made from scratch, so we don't have to worry about the distributor. It should be pretty easy to find out what they put in things they make on site.
Also, we gave her suggestions of what vegetarians would like to see on the menu. She said she's trying to figure out a way to serve fake deli meats, but there are a lot of issues (shelf life, appearance, brand, etc.) that have to be worked out. She said she hopes to have it by the beginning of next year.
She didn't seem to be too crazy about our booklet idea, but she said it might work, so she'll think about it and look into it, I guess.
Anyways, I think a good thing for our club to think about now is what movie to show for our movie event. You can post suggestions here to the blog or just email me, and then when we meet we can vote. I propose Chicken Run and Peaceable Kingdom (it's a documentary about factory farming, they interview ex-factory farmers and vegans, and it's about compassion towards animals
There are a bunch of people who can't make it this week, so no meeting, but we'll have one next week, fo' sho'.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be this Friday, Feb 23, 5-6pm, in Wilson 305. (That's right- not Kate's house. We want to have a bigger space this week in case more people show up.)

Friday, February 16, 2007

First Meeting

Here are the minutes from our first meeting:
-email Bridget (nutritionist for Brown Dining Services)
-organize list of favorite foods (so we can have meal suggestions for the cafeteria)
-start collecting info for booklets--> eventually will be organized into a sort of How To guide on being veg*n on mealplan
-veal parmesan (once we've developed a relationship with BDS we should ask them to stop serving veal)

-sponsors? (Whole Foods, etc)
-events? (movies: Fast Food Nation, etc)
-table slips/publicity (to advertise our next meeting)
-Next meeting time: Friday, February 23, 5:00-6:00pm at (EDIT: Wilson 305)
So, the first thing we'd like to do is make a little booklet that we could put next to the ingredients book at the Ratty, it would be a guide to what's veg*n there. We also want to send Bridget, the nutritionist, suggestions of veg*n meals or products they could serve. If you have any favorite meals/suggestions, send them to Kate: Some ideas we had for future events were bake sales, showing a movie, and a Vegetarian Day at the Ratty where members of the club could help cook veg food, and maybe get Whole Foods and Garden Grille to sponsor it.