Hunter College Students Oppose Plans For Starbucks On Campus

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Students are venting after Hunter College revealed plans to open a Starbucks at the school.The CUNY board of trustees is planning to meet Tuesday ahead of a vote on the deal Feb. 3, but students say the coffee chain doesn't serve the needs of a public university.Some students say they'd prefer that the 2,000-square-foot space be used for something else, like a food pantry.

"Starbucks as we all know they're making a lot of money from across the world and it's just hard for college students of course at this time so a local pantry or coffee shop would be amazing for us to have," said student Samantha Shekian.

Freshman Alexandra Terry said she picked Hunter College because it was a great school with affordable tuition.

"A lot of last semester I spent trying to come up with meals at the last minute and I was running out of money and I would say when I go to Starbucks I usually feel like I waste money," she said. "A food pantry would probably be a better idea considering we're all broke."

Starbucks would pay the school over $400,000 a year for the first five years, under the proposed lease.Hunter claims that the money would go toward student programs.