The Good Food Revolution unveiled as Common Read


 After a three-way tie on which book to choose for the 2014-2015 school year’s Common Read, a decision has been made. The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen was the chosen. 

On Monday, April 28 in the Briggs Library, Tim Nichols, dean of Honors College, unveiled the selection for this year’s common read. This upcoming year will be the sixth year that SDSU will have a common read book for students. 

“It had to be a book that raises academic challenge and encourages students to embrace diversity,” Nichols said. 

The Good Food Revolution is the story of the author’s life story that includes his “personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats,” according to the book’s abstract.

Jo Ann Sckerl, director of academic evaluation and assessment, has full confidence that the book will be received well by students and the Brookings’ community. 

“It’s a good story about a man who took a risk and left a very lucrative job to do something he had a passion for. I think that resonates with some of our students…” Sckerl said. 

A committee of about 10 to 12 people chooses each year what book will be used for the Common Read said Sckerl. 

“It’s a long process, I mean we start right away. There are probably people on the committee who are already reading books,” Sckerl said. 

Of the 25 books, the committee narrowed it down to three before choosing The Good Food Revolution. Every month during the fall semester, the committee would meet. They had long discussions regarding the many books that were nominated and would eliminate books as they went along. 

Freshman early childhood education major Kaylie Cavanaugh found that last year’s Common Read book, The Heart and the Fist, was interesting but didn’t appeal to all students.

“I think maybe they should have a vote or something on the book so that it’s going to be something that everybody likes and they don’t just pick it for us,” Cavanaugh said.

Kaitlyn Armstrong, freshman pre-nursing major, feels the Common Read isn’t the best idea. 

“I honestly didn’t really like it because I knew a lot of people in my class that didn’t even read the book.” Armstrong said. 

All incoming freshmen and students who take First Year Seminar will be required to read the book for the class.