New York University is an oasis for Western and Southern American transplants who crave their Chick-fil-A. Opening up a couple years back, the 5 University Place location in Weinstein Hall is the only one in New York City. (The nearest one appears to be Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, New Jersey.) But then along came the chicken company’s support of the Pennsylvania Family Institute’s marriage seminars, and the liberals at the school threw up their arms and demanded the eatery be kicked out. Standing in the way: contracts with the school that likely don’t include a morality clause. But NYU’s food vendor deal with Chick-fil-A is up in May, and a group of students is on a mission to ensure it doesn’t get renewed.
Joe Picini, a senior communications major, writes to tell us about tomorrow’s Undergraduate Social Work Student Association meeting about Chick-fil-A’s future on campus (6-7pm at NYU’s Kimmel Student Center!), which he’s put together with some fellow students.
Basically, I have been spearheading the effort to remove Chick-fil-A from campus here at NYU. I’ve used the proper avenues and have moved this issue all the way through the administration to the highest level it can go: The University Senate. The University Senate, which is made up of all the deans, faculty members, John Sexton and various other university officials, has assigned the investigation of Chick-fil-A to the Public Affairs Committee that will begin reviewing this issue starting next year.
Our food vendor contract is up this May, which is why this is an urgent issue. I am trying to put as much pressure as possible on the University to examine this issue and make a ruling at their final meeting of this year (April 28). Currently, the Chick-fil-A investigation is not on the agenda.
The event will be a community discussion with past graduates of NYU who have backgrounds in marketing and spiritual life. I will be presenting my findings that got this issue started in the first place as well as sit on the panel and educate people about what’s really going on with Chick-fil-A. As far as most people are concerned, the only offense CFA has committed was donate some sandwiches to a Pennsylvania Family Institute event.
Of course the last time the NYU kids tried getting everyone riled up about Chick-fil-A, few people much cared.