Culture Wars at LSU

Parousian Emily Byers laments that LSU has replaced a distinctive cafe with a Starbucks:

The once-beloved Café Vieux Carré -the only place on campus where you could get New-Orleans-style beignets or the delicious “du fromage” sandwich – is being replaced by the McDonald’s of coffee shops in all its commercialized glory.

…I don’t know about you, but I don’t want LSU to be ahead of the pack. I’d rather stand apart from it altogether.

And that is precisely why the University ought to fight to keep small businesses like Café Vieux Carré. We need to play up our strengths, and that means one thing: preserving our culture. I bet you could find a Starbucks – probably several – on just about any university campus across the country, but a place like Café Vieux Carré? Nowhere but here. …

I prefer places that are small but beautiful in their own way, where people choose to stay and linger because there’s something in the air that makes you want to. Maybe it’s the classical music playing faintly in the background at Highland Coffees, the smell of pancakes and bacon grease at Louie’s or the warm greeting you get from Roul each time you order one of the best burgers in town. Whatever it is, I don’t want to see it go.

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