Got Milk... Russell Hall does

March 4, 2003

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2003_03_04.jpgPLATTEVILLE- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville agriculture students are getting what they asked for from their college of business, industry, life science and agriculture leaders. After an extensive process, the Agriculture Student Council has helped to get a vending machine that sells milk.

The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Those present were BILSA Dean Duane Ford, Mick Viney, assistant chancellor of student affairs; Jim Mueller, director of dining services; Gregg Heiselman, director of campus life and School of Agriculture faculty, staff and students.

The milk machine, similar to other soda and vending machine, is located in Russell Hall across from the photo lab in Room110. The Agriculture Student Council (ASC) chose this area because many of the agriculture classes are located in Russell Hall.

"Many of the agriculture students are farm kids, we like milk," said Josh Costello from Maquoketa, Iowa, a senior majoring in agricultural education and the ASC president. "We wanted to provide a healthier alternative for students."

The council put a survey box near the other vending machines. It asked students if they would purchase milk if it was available to them, how much they would purchase, how often they would purchase and what flavors they preferred.

Ty Martin, a member of the council, calculated the totals and presented it to the ASC, as well as Dean Ford.

"Dean Ford has been very helpful in making our proposal a reality," said Costello.

There is a variety to choose from including white, chocolate and strawberry milk, an assortment of juices as well as soda. The half-pint jugs are sold for $1 each.

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