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Pulled Pork Club outraged as LC bans smoking on campus

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By Linden Warling

This fall, Lewis & Clark implemented a strict smoking ban on campus. These new rules have more than just cigarette and JUUL smokers in uproar. There is a club in the community that depends on the ability to smoke without restraint. Without the ability to smoke, how will the LC Pulled Pork Club put on its well-attended and highly anticipated events?

“It’s absolutely crazy,” Bill Logna ’19, president of the Pulled Pork Club said. “They can’t take away our right to smoke briskets. How else are we supposed to get that juicy, delicious, sumptuous taste that can only come from the heat of a grill rising up and cooking our meat ever so nicely for us?”

Pat Taytow ’22, a new member, also commented.

“I just started at this school and I was beyond excited when I saw the Pulled Pork Club table at Pio Fair,” Taytow said. “But now, they’ve stopped letting us cook. How am I supposed to get enough protein and iron now that I’ve been told that we can’t use our grill? I told my mom I would be getting enough to eat, but now, I’m not so sure.”

The LC Pulled Pork Club hosts events such as the Grill-A-Thon every spring and weekly Fryin’ Fridays. In past years, they have consistently been the most popular club on campus, but with the change in campus policy, they may become the least popular.

The Grill-A-Thon consists of a weeklong grilling competition between graduating classes, where each team is given one recipe every day. The teams are judged on a variety of factors, such as presentation/appearance and taste of the dish. The team with the most wins at the end of the week wins a brand-new grill to use as they please to fulfill their meat-consuming desires.

Fryin’ Fridays are put on as a celebration of completing yet another school week. Students can buy a pulled pork sandwich or some brisket for $2 each and members of the Pulled Pork Club will grill them up for students’ enjoyment.

Carson Gin ’20 is a devoted attendee to each Fryin’ Friday. It is his favorite part of the week.

“I love having something great to look forward to at the end of my daily classes,” Gin said. “Brisket Club has gotten me through some of my most boring lectures. I don’t know what I would do without them. As far as I’m concerned, they are the most important group on campus”.

All of this could change with this new smoking ban. LC could lose a valuable place where meat-loving students can come together to make great friends and enjoy a delicious after-class snack.

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