For all the Chick-fil-A loving Bostonians out there, “bad” news: The restaurant chain will not be making its way to the hub, or at least to Northeastern’s Curry Student Center. The University’s Student Government Association (SGA) senators voted 31 to five, denouncing the proposal to bring it to campus, according to The Huntington News.
Hundreds had already begun signing an online petition last week after Laura Wankel, Northeastern’s vice president for student affairs, proposed renovations to the school’s Student Center, which is open to the public. According to Equality Matters, Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2009, and more than $1 million between 2003 and 2008; sparking the debate.
SGA Executive Vice President Will Pett told The Huntington News the “administration wanted the Senate to pass a resolution before next week’s spring break so the issue could be resolved immediately.” He then brought it up as “emergency business” — which required two-thirds majority to pass — and the senate decided not bring the eatery to campus.
Other proposed food vendors to come to Northeastern include Sweet Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza, Kigo Kitchen and UBurger, all of which are seen as better alternatives to Chick-fil-A. With 605 signatures currently on the online petition, it’s clear the community played a big role in getting this vote to pass by speaking out for what they believe in.
The community appears to have mixed emotions, however, as a number of students have already started tweeting about the decision. While there was an open discussion on campus, students claim to be told about it “last-minute,” which explains some of the tweets you’ll see below.
Because Northeastern has other restaurant options — and there are plenty of places to get chicken in the city — not bringing a Chick-fil-A to campus is a smart move made by the SGA. When it was first proposed, Devon Branin, the special interest senator for NU Pride, Northeastern’s LGBT rights student group, said there would likely be protests if the University did decide to invite the chain to campus. Why not work together, then, and support the LGBT community?
Yet, here’s what the community is saying. What do you think?