It’s not for religious reasons. It’s really just because the college president thinks it’s a good idea. According to a statement issued Tuesday by Paul Quinn College, a historically black school in Dallas, Texas:

Eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, sodium retention and heart problems, not to mention weight gain and obesity. Therefore, as a part of our continued effort to improve the lives and health of our students, Paul Quinn College and its food service partner Perkins Management have collaborated to create a pork-free cafeteria. From this semester forward PQC will no longer serve dishes containing pork. That applause you hear in the background is the blood pressure of our students, faculty and staff.

Michael Sorrell, Paul Quinn’s president, has been on a campaign to improve the health of students since he took office in 2007. He purchases new fitness equipment for the school gym and has turned the school decrepit football stadium into an organic garden.

He was apparently particularly irritated by the abundance of ranch dressing on campus food. As he explained,

It just was typical choices that you would see made by folks who weren’t creative enough to manage the economic constraints with the need to create healthy options. I mean, we were no different than many other small colleges that service students from underrepresented communities.

Still, why pork in particular? Why not trans-fat? Why that one thing? Soft drinks? Tobacco? Alcohol? Are these things still allowed on campus? [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer