Duquesne University’s political leaders are pushing to block the school from their fall effort entailing a Chick-fil-A on school grounds—school senators “fear” for the student body.
The anti-CFA rage ignited in 2012 upon Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy coming forward with the company being “guilty as charged” in terms of making donations to entities against same-sex marriage. Cathy’s admission gave rise to years of LGBT activists demonstrating all over the US—primarily at universities.
In 2015, Johns Hopkins University Student Government Association attempted to have their Chick-fil-A shut down and permanently removed—they referred to it as a “microaggression.” That was until IRS documents availed the chicken chain had pretty much stopped throwing money at the aforementioned entities—activists diminished their efforts.
But another activist bomb has exploded—at Duquesne University. Student Senator Niko Martini dug up Chick-fil-A dirt and presented it at the DU Student Government Association (SGA) March 26th conference in order to have the feather feasters cut from DU’s food selections. “Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Martini told The Duquesne Duke. “I think it’s imperative [that] the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.”
However, Martini’s efforts came to no avail, but the SGA is mulling over a compromise entailing a vetting system of the school’s Chick-fil-A.
More, Martini’s an advocate of DU’s Gay-Straight Alliance—he’s on their executive board. The Gay-Straight Alliance president is of the mind that CFA’s entire company is a detriment to her organization’s “safe place.”
“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ community. So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A being in Options [an on-campus food court], that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk,” Gay-Straight Alliance President Rachel Coury explained and added her outfit would welcome the minimal effort of “someone” “[making] a statement” about the matter. “It would be a really big deal for Lambda [Gay-Straight Alliance] and the whole LGBTQ community on campus if someone could make a statement to eliminate the fear of being marginalized by having this business on campus,” she said.
SGA President Olivia Erickson weighed in with her “[taking] this concern very seriously,” and SGA is “working on gathering students’ opinions and getting all the facts we can so we can make the best decision.”
While the SGA and the Gay-Straight Alliance are seemingly working to keep Chick-fil-A in the impending-doom zone, a university statement entailed the chicken chain being the school’s answer to a student survey availing a strong desire for more chicken selections.
“More than 245 college campuses around the country…have successfully brought Chick-fil-A onto their campuses,” Executive Director of Auxiliary Services Scott Richards said in an interview. “Now, our students will have the opportunity to enjoy the brand on our campus instead of having to travel to Oakland or the suburbs.”