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Caffeinated drinks cause discussion

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Caffeinated drinks are not available for purchase on campus.

“To my knowledge, it has always been this way,” said Todd Huchendorf, director of Food Services. “We choose not to sell caffeinated drinks on this campus.”

Huchendorf said administrative meetings continually evaluate whether or not the university will allow caffeinated drinks to be sold on campus.

Huchendorf said he does not think the university will sell caffeinated drinks.

“I believe that it is for the better that we don’t sell these drinks on campus,” Huchendorf said. “The effects of taking in caffeine are not healthy.”

Caffeine can cause a rise in blood pressure, make the heart beat faster, cause an uneven heart rhythm and cause dehydration, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Caffeine is both a drug and a food additive, according to the FDA. Caffeine is used in both prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines to treat tiredness.

“I wish the school offered caffeine on campus,” said Amelia Strommer, a junior studying English. “It’s annoying. I’m a tired college student, and occasionally, I need a little something extra to get me through the day.”

Strommer said not selling caffeinated drinks on campus is ridiculous since it’s not against the policy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to drink it.

Doctrine and Covenants 89:9 speaks against consuming “hot drinks,” which refers to coffee and tea. Caffeine is not specifically mentioned as the reason prohibiting these drinks, according to the Church’s website.

Before any announcement from the Church was given on caffeine, 53 percent of 28,739 surveyed church members said they thought it was OK to consume caffeine, while 37 percent said they did not believe it was OK. Ten percent said they were not sure if drinking caffeine is wrong, according to LDS Living.

In 2012, NBC News held a special titled Mormon in America stated Mormons do not drink caffeine.

“Despite what was reported, the Church revelations spelling out health practices does not mention the use of caffeine,” according to Mormon Newsroom.

Huchendorf said school administration does things that they are in the best interest of BYU-I students.

“I think students enjoy going to a school that is different,” Huchendorf said. “Being different is good, and I think we have that.”

Along with BYU-I, BYU and BYU-Hawaii do not sell caffeinated drinks on their campuses.

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