Coca-Cola replaces Pepsi in Senior House machine
By Sarah Keightley
After boycotting Coca-Cola for over one year, Senior House received its first shipment of Coke last week.
In the spring of 1990, Senior House's front desk switched from selling Coca- Cola to selling Pepsi. Political correctness was the reason cited for the move. Because of concerns over Coca-Cola's investments in South Africa, residents of Senior House did not want to support Coca-Cola, and decided to sell Pepsi instead.
This changed last week when chair of Senior House Coke Committee (formerly Pepsi Committee) Chair Jason A. Schulz '93 made the switch back to Coke.
Schulz, who is in charge of ordering the soft drinks, said one reason Senior House switched back to Coca-Cola was that many people prefer Coca-Cola and, "I like Coke better," he said.
Schulz said it was "kind of pointless" to switch in the first place. "At the time both [Coca-Cola and Pepsi] were [politically incorrect]. Now the situation [in South Africa] is a little better," he said.
Dr Pepper, which is also produced by the Coca-Cola Company, was another motivating factor, Schulz said. Many residents wanted to order the drink, which they could not obtain through Pepsi.
It is unclear how many Senior House residents backed the original decision to switch to Pepsi. According to Schulz, there was a sheet of paper at the front desk where students could voice their opinions on the issue.
"Only ones that cared wrote something down," Schultz said. Since these students wanted to stop supporting the Coca-Cola Company, Senior House formally switched to Pepsi.
Mark P. Chackerian '92 said, "Most of the people were indifferent [to the original decision]. It sort of happened. Most people didn't really know exact details about investment [in South Africa]. I think [it shows that] political correctness has gone a little too far."
Another Senior House resident, Reba M. Bandyopadhyay '93, said the decision to switch back to Coke was "due to the large number of requests for Coke [paired] with the change of situation in South Africa." She added, "Some still feel the situation hasn't improved enough."
The general attitude of Senior House residents is indifference to the under-lying politics of the recent decision. Many residents prefer Coke to Pepsi and are happy with the switch.
Senior House received its first shipment of Coke last week. Coca-Cola, that is.