NYU Won’t Remove Anti-Gay Restaurant from Campus
Hillary Dworkoski doesn’t like Chick-fil-A, and it has nothing to do with the food they serve.
The freshman at NYU boycotted the fast food restaurant located on campus after she heard that it financially supports anti-gay groups. She started an online petition, which currently has more than 10,000 signatures, to remove the restaurant from campus.
“NYU prides itself on being a diverse, open and inclusive campus community,” Dworski stated in her petition. “That’s one of the major reasons why I enrolled at NYU as a freshman last fall. Unfortunately, maintaining a contract with an anti-gay vendor like Chick-fil-A undermines what makes this university so great.”
Since 2003, WinShape, Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, has donated over $3 million to anti-gay campaigns and causes.
“For the most part, many students have gotten behind this issue really quickly,” she said. “However, there are a few students who want to keep Chick-fil-A because they love their chicken and waffle fries and can’t seem to give them up.”
She said that NYU should dump Chick-fil-A, especially since the college prides itself in being LGBT-friendly. However, the school has no plans to get rid of the fast-food joint any time soon.
Last Thursday, the Student Senators Council voted on the issue and decided not to take the Dworski’s petition any further. The council emailed the students letting them know of their decision.
“The SSC also believes there is a fundamental difference between personal boycott and institutional prohibition,” Albert Cotugno, Student Senators Council chair, said in the university email. “To ban any entity from campus for ideological reasons is, in most every case, to limit freedom of expression. … After extensive deliberation, the Student Senators Council agreed that there was insufficient evidence at this time to justify a ban of Chick-Fil-A.”
Via The Huffington Post