Did the Univ. do the right thing or is it harmless fun?
UI bans corn-eating contest
By Brian Morelli
Iowa City Press-Citizen
The University of Iowa is taking a hard-line stance against a problem epidemic among Americans today:
A corn-on-the-cob eating contest was to be part of UI?s annual ?Beat State Week,? leading up to the Iowa-Iowa State football game.
UI canceled the contest (the corn-eating one, not the football one) because it would ?encourage gluttony.?
?With the initiatives we have in terms of promoting health living, at least symbolically, we should not promote activities that would seem to encourage gluttony, particularly with the widespread problem of obesity today,? said Phillip Jones, the vice president for student services.
Jones requested the event, which along with all student events are run through his office, be dropped from the festivities leading up to Saturday?s game.
The UI Alumni Association puts on the week of activities, which this year runs from Sept. 10-15. Last year, a bratwurst-eating contest that was among the events went on as scheduled.
Other similar activities this year have been warded off by the new position. Jones said events that promote overeating are counter to the ?educational position? the university has taken.
An event that includes free corn-on-the-cob and is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday on the Iowa Memorial Union patio will go on without the contest, according to the Alumni Association Web site.
UI promotes several weight-conscious initiatives, such as Lighten Up Iowa, adult weight management and Weight Watchers at UI.