You can buy a Coke on Brigham Young University’s Provo campus. But you’re on your own for caffeinated beverages at the Mormon school’s Idaho outpost.
BYU’s Dining Services announced that it would begin selling soft drinks with caffeine on Thursday, saying that “consumer preferences have clearly changed and requests have become much more frequent.” The university had banned caffeinated soft drinks on campus since the mid-1950s, though the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has never outlawed caffeine.
BYU-Idaho, however, has not received an influx of requests for caffeinated drinks, however, and has no plans to follow its sister campus, according to university spokesperson Brett Crandall.
“We weren’t seeking to change anything,” Crandall told the Idaho Statesman. “We haven’t been receiving any requests.”
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BYU-Idaho’s lack of an athletic department might have played a factor in not pursuing caffeinated drink sales. BYU’s Provo campus figures to make a pretty penny selling products at sporting events. That will not be the case at the Rexburg campus, which has not had athletics since 2001 after becoming a four-year university.
“I’m sure they (would) sell a lot more soda than we do,” Crandall said with a laugh.