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Wednesday December 8th

Senior Will Thomason grabs headlines, free food

Senior Will Thomason gained notoriety on campus in the fall for his dismissal from the Christian a cappella group Psalm 100 for his beliefs on homosexuality.

But he has recently gained a different reputation nationally.

Thomason has been recognized by Good Morning America as the “ultimate cheapskate” for not spending any money on food since Aug. 12.

He makes it a practice to attend events with free food and take home leftovers that otherwise would be thrown away.

Although Thomason doesn’t deny that he enjoys saving money, the senior business major said his mission is to advocate against food waste.

“It’s about smart spending, advocacy for a better realization about how much food we waste and using resources in the most efficient way,” he said.

Thomason said he didn’t expect so much media attention in his senior year.

“In both cases, I didn’t ask for the news stories to come, but I know I’m willing to start a dialogue,” he said.

“At times it can be a bit of a burden to be in the news to get people talking,” Thomason said. “But I’m definitely willing to do it to help spark dialogue and helpful discussion.”

Kyle Fitzgerald, a senior business major and one of Thomason’s roommates, said the continued media attention has had a positive effect on his friend.

“It’s made him even more outspoken than before, and this is a perfect example of him speaking out about something he’s passionate about,” Fitzgerald said.

Thomason said he might have to start paying for food again after he graduates in May. But he said he will still actively advocate for reducing food waste.

“Even if it’s not my 9-to-5 career, I’ll definitely continue to talk about it,” he said.

Thomason depends heavily on the Phree Phood listserv, Facebook and Twitter to learn of events on campus with free food.

Thomason’s roommates said they have also benefitted from the efforts.

Stephen Meyer, a senior business major and Thomason’s other roommate, said Thomason makes sure nothing in their house is wasted.

“He’ll eat the end piece of a loaf of bread that no one wants or he’ll finish bananas even though they’re on their last leg,” he said.

Fitzgerald agreed.

“He’s our little garbage disposal,” he said.

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