Mormon University Ends Ban On Caffeinated Soda

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In news that will brighten your Friday, students at Brigham Young University are celebrating today as the school announced that they have ended their ban on selling caffeinated sodas.

Prior to this, students at the Provo school would bring caffeinated beverages onto campus for late night study sessions. And while non-caffeinated soda versions will still be offered on campus, energy drinks didn't make the cut. Owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the largest religious university in the US has shunned caffeinated sodas since at least the mid 1950's, the school's director of dining services Dean Wright explained in a rather blunt BYU Q&A. The university will also offer caffeinated options at sporting events.

BYU said some soda machines on campus have already been switched out with the fully-loaded beverages. "Just the small change of allowing caffeinated beverages - because it's not against our religion - it's high time". But the school has maintained its caffeine-free soda offering for decades - until now, after officials claim demand for the drinks have gone up.

Even before this change, there was at least one way to get a Coke on campus.

"It's a big day because we can finally drink on campus what we're allowed to drink in real life", said Jepsen, a 1994 graduate.

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It added: "The Church's health guidelines prohibit alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and "hot drinks" - taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee", the document reads.

While caffeine is not explicitly banned by the Mormon church, adherents to the faith are encouraged to avoid it.

It will take a longer time before BYU changes its fountain equipment.

"You youths will never understand the struggle we went through", Whiteley wrote jokingly in a Facebook post.