Hummus Vote More Than Dip Debate at DePaul

A DePaul student group raised concerns about ethics behind Sabra hummus

By Lacey McCraney
|  Tuesday, May 17, 2011  |  Updated 8:33 AM CDT
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Snack spreads may not sound like typical referendum fodder, but DePaul University students say voting on which hummus the school serves on campus is a matter of human rights.

The school's Student Government Association has allowed a campus-wide referendum asking students if Sabra hummus should be removed from DePaul dining halls.

The vote came to fruition after the campus' Students for Justice in Palestine complained about Sabra's parent company, the Strauss Group, which they say gives money and supplies to two Israeli military brigades involved in human rights violations.

The referendum asks students, "Are you in favor of replacing Sabra with an alternative brand of hummus?" and is the first student referendum on a SGA ballot in at least 10 years.

Students began voting Monday and will continue until the end of the week as part of the school's general elections.

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