When Dr Pepper products were removed from most of campus, Cristobal Trujillo, history and economics junior, started a petition to replenish UTA with the beverage again.
The university is currently finalizing an exclusive deal with Pepsi, which means Dr Pepper and Coke products are no longer served on most parts of campus.
“Since there was no consultation seeking to measure the student body’s preferences, we demand that Dr. Pepper and Coke products be brought back onto campus,” the petition stated.
John Hall, vice president for Administration and Campus Operations, said in an email that Dr Pepper did not respond to the university’s request for proposals, so a contract couldn’t be formed.
Hall said the petition would probably not change things, but the university is always interested in hearing students’ needs and desires.
Student Congress, Pizza with the President, President’s Roundtable and the Food Service Advisory Committee are ways students can voice their concerns, he said.
Trujillo said he didn’t expect the petition to get more than 20 signatures. It now has nearly 100.
Students seem to be getting involved, Trujillo said, and there’s typically a lack of that kind of spirit on campus.
“I see such an apathy from the student body,” Trujillo said. “People are so busy or so depressed about school — let’s just make it fun a little bit.”
Alumna Snober Jaura said she doesn’t know if the petition will make an impact, but at least it’ll show that people are upset.
“I don’t drink Pepsi or anything else really, just Dr Pepper was the only one, so I know I’m just not gonna buy any soda on campus now,” Jaura said.
While Trujillo is passionate about Dr Pepper, he pointed out that he is no activist for it.
“I know how it is, and I know why the school did it; it makes sense,” he said. “So I’m definitely not expecting to go on this crusade to bring back Dr Pepper.”
Trujillo said the petition began as a way to get cheap laughs.
“If it makes noise and it kinda brings the student body together, that’s a good thing,” he said.
In the meantime, if students want Dr Pepper they can purchase it at the College Park District, Hall said.