Do nut-free tables actually make a difference?

By Brooke Wilten
NEWS Reporter

I am an ex-anaphalactic. Before my freshman year, I was deathly allergic to peanuts. But during the summer, against all odds, I luckily grew out of my allergy. I still have OAS, which is oral allergy syndrome, but now it only leaves me with an uncomfortable sensation if I ingest peanuts. Lucky for me, I don’t have to worry about my allergy anymore, but I know and understand the worry. My roommate Ellie Gregg also has a peanut allergy.
Ellie said, “In the dining hall, the only threat of nuts is usually the peanut butter at the toasters. I recently found peanut butter in the butter! I think finding another area to put the peanut butter would be a more productive solution than dividing tables at dinner, because that divides people.”
What she is saying is true. Last week I came across a girl who was sitting by herself. She was sitting by herself because her team was sitting at a peanuts-welcome table while she was sitting at a peanut-free table. If peanut butter was managed better, there would be no need for special tables.
As a fourth grader I had to sit completely alone. I know what that can do to relationships. So for a better dining hall experience, nut-free tables are not the solution. Managing peanut butter better is.

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