Dallas college bans pork on campus

Ban aligns with college's mission to educate students on healthy eating.

Aug. 10—Pork has become public enemy No. 1 at Paul Quinn College in Dallas after the campus banned the sale of pork on campus to align with its healthy eating philosophy. Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, says the college didn't ban pork from his campus dining facilities arbitrarily. The decision to stop offering any pork products was based in a much broader institutional philosophy, the president says.

"When you come to college, you come to be educated," Sorrell said. "We thought we could do more in the area of promoting healthy lifestyle choices and healthy eating habits."

In a brief statement announcing the decision Tuesday, Sorrell put it like this: "Eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, sodium retention and heart problems, not to mention weight gain and obesity. Therefore, as a part of our continued effort to improve the lives and health of our students, Paul Quinn College and its food service partner Perkins Management have collaborated to create a pork-free cafeteria."