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The University has reached a contractual decision to allow Starbucks coffee on campus, taking over both Cornerstone Cafe's role and location. We oppose this decision on several principles; primarily the inevitable termination of current Cornerstone Cafe workers, the loss of diversity in cafe menu items, Starbucks' policies as a multinational corporation, its utter proximity to other Starbucks Venues, and its anticipated inhospitality to campus events so partial to Cornerstone's operation. There are already 29 Starbucks within a 5-mile radius of UC Irvine, yet there is only 1 Cornerstone Cafй in existence.

Corporations, like Starbucks, are notorious for pushing out small businesses in order to spread its market control. Starbucks, which is already represented across the street both at the Campus and California location and another at a Bison and California location, will provide only those goods found in its homogeneous corporate network, and will deny students access to the variety of food items and coffee blends that are only found at Cornerstone Cafe. As well, Starbucks, operating under its corporate principles, will be unreceptive to student activities like open mic events, performances, and group meetings so common to Cornerstone.

The establishment of Starbucks will also result in the termination of the employees of Cornerstone Cafй, who have maintained positions at Cornerstone for many years and have become familiar faces with which students on campus have relations. Starbucks, like other service industry corporations, is notorious for poor labor standards, offering little more than minimum wage, and often hires employees at 39-hour weeks, directly under full time status to deny workers full time employee health care and benefits.

Therefore, we the undersigned demand that Cornerstone Cafй remain open as an icon on the campus and deny the establishment of a Starbucks at UC Irvine. We demand that the administration of University of California at Irvine repeal its decision to replace Cornerstone Cafe, in order to preserve the unique on-campus center that is incomparable with the monotony of the Starbucks brand.

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Latest Signatures

  • 19 January 2016500. Suleman A
    I support this petition
  • 06 January 2016499. Aileen Rb
    Cornerstone is needed on Campus
  • 06 January 2016498. Vera B
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 2016497. Tanya May
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 2015496. Amy B
  • 24 December 2015495. Nelly Tucker
    enough starbucks already! I hate their menu!
  • 24 December 2015494. Nicole C
    I support this petition
  • 23 December 2015493. Toni L
    Taking Cornerstone away is like ripping off a piece of UCI's identity and uniqueness. Let's keep it.
  • 15 December 2015492. Adriana J
    I support this petition
  • 15 December 2015491. David N
    I support this petition
  • 14 December 2015490. Juliet Flowerm
    Cornerstone is not just the best place to have a coffee and a bite on campus, it is really the only one. Don't turn it into a Starbucks, please.
  • 13 December 2015489. Ruohmei H
    I support this petition
  • 13 December 2015488. William C
    In terms of food quality, price, atmosphere, cornerstone cafe is the best
  • 12 December 2015487. Andrew J
    I support this petition
  • 11 December 2015486. Kimberly B
    I support this petition
  • 11 December 2015485. Anne W
    I think it's a little harsh to "demand" that the administration do as we ask. I'd rather appeal to the administrators' humanity and reason. My bottom line is that the Cornerstone offers better, more interesting and more varied food than does Starbucks--I'
  • 30 November 2015484. Michael L
    If you really want their money, why not just name it like they do bowl games? Call it the "Starbucks University of California, Irvine" - or is it easier to sell your soul one piece at a time, so that you don't notice you ARE the evil you once feared, unti
  • 30 November 2015483. Amber Elliott
    I support this petition
  • 28 November 2015482. David T
    I support this petition
  • 28 November 2015481. Linda B
    go get 'em
  • 27 November 2015480. Yvonne C
    alumni; c/o 2003
  • 24 November 2015479. Kathleen P
    keep Starbucks off campus- we need good local businesses, not corporate monsters with bad coffee!!
  • 23 November 2015478. Pauline Y
    I support this petition
  • 22 November 2015477. Christina C
  • 21 November 2015476. Abraham L
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  • 20 November 2015475. Estela M
    I support this petition
  • 17 November 2015474. Paola C
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