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Published on October 14th, 2014 | by Flipside

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EUSA abolishes nachos, academic families to follow

After the success of the EUSA’s controversial decision to scrap Mummy and Daddy Nachos at Teviot, the Student Union has set its eyes on higher goals as part of its growing #NoParents campaign.

Speaking on the unprecedented and divisive decision by EUSA this September to scrap the popular ‘Mummy and Daddy’ nachos at Teviot, a spokesperson explained what the campaign was all about: “EUSA places the utmost importance on inclusivity, so when it recently came to our attention that the two items on the menu in question were against our policy, perpetuating archaic and outdated societal norms of gender and family, we realised that our only possible course of action was to scrap them entirely.”

When asked whether they were not taking the whole matter “a bit too seriously” or whether they couldn’t “just change the name”, EUSA’s official response was: “We did what we had to do. The entire institution of the Parent Nachos was discriminatory and the only way to fix it was to dismantle it entirely.”

A different spokesperson told us what to expect in the future. “We’ve decided to use the momentum built around this movement to continue to challenge other instances of such traditional views of ‘parenthood’ and ‘family’ around the university. It’s disgusting that Edinburgh continues to support the idea of academic families, and we are working our hardest to campaign for the University to divest from them. Fossil fuels can wait.”

Reactions from those that would be affected by such a move have been varied. A third year law parent we found in the library told us how he felt. “How can we expect our children to grow up into responsible adults without traditional authority figures? Soon EUSA’ll be telling us they’ll be able to vote on who they want to remove from the University for making comments that might upset someone. Political correctness really has gone too far.”

While most of the medics we found refused to comment, one fresher we found in Teviot’s Library Bar told us that “It doesn’t matter to us. EUSA has no power over medics – we’re with the Royal Medical Society.”

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