2017 has been a year full of student activism for a broad range of causes, including Women’s Rights and The Black Lives Matter movement. Several students have wanted to get involved with social justice on campus, but are intimidated by the difficult topics and more nuanced problems of the bigger movements. In order to avoid such difficult topics, they have settled for a more manageable cause; replacing the Milio’s on East Campus mall with a slightly better sub shop.
“East Campus Mall is the most centrally located place on campus, and yet it’s best available option for getting a sub is Milio’s.” Senior Ashley Poland said. “There’s nothing more degrading than needing to settle for that dry bread and flavorless excuse for cold cut turkey after you forget to plan food into your day, so we’ve been taking to the mall to make our frustrations known.”
This movement comes as a response to the recent phenomenon known as “Mili-hoeing” wherein students forgo their better judgment towards taste and quality of sub sandwiches out of a desperate need for calories.
“I never wanted to Mili-hoe, but after I stopped living in the dorms it became so much harder to go home to get food. I’ll never forget the first time I degraded myself with a Milio’s ‘Godfather.’ It tasted like the foot of a walrus salted with the tears of those who have abandoned their dreams. I promised I would never go back but… then one day I had five minutes before my film club meeting on the fourth floor of Vilas and I was so hungry… and… and I guess I’ve just never thought I would pray so hard for a Jimmy John’s,” one communications major said, wishing to remain anonymous.
The movement has held two successful protests. About 20 students attended the first movement, eight of whom understood why they were protesting. The second grew to about twenty-four students, including one Milio’s employee on his smoke break.
There has not yet been a statement from Milio’s or the University of Wisconsin in response to these protests, but the movement has been gaining support and won’t be easily ignored for long.
“Our short term goal is to get literally any other sandwich shop in there. We’d settle for a Subway but we’d high five each other for eight days straight if we could pull in a Potbelly’s. Our long term goal is to burn Coffeebytes to the ground,” movement leader Amy Swiss stated.
To participate in this movement on Twitter, use the hashtag #WhatsTheDealioMilio.