Emory may drop Chick-fil-A from campus options

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CHICK2Emory University students may no longer be munching on Chick-fil-A sandwiches and waffle fries this summer, and the campus insists it has nothing to do with fallout over comments about gay marriage the popular restaurant chain’s president made last summer.

Students on an advisory committee have recommended that the restaurant, which has been on campus for 29 years, not be among new food vendors in a redesign of Cox Hall Food Court on the DeKalb County campus. A final decision on whether to include Chick-fil-A in the mix has not been made, a campus spokeswoman said.

Michael Sacks, co-chair of the Food Advisory Committee at Emory, said surveys show students want more choices at the food court, and a chicken restaurant is not among them.

“It’s really not politically motivated,” Sacks told AJC reporter Leon Stafford. “It’s a coincidence of timing.” He said the committee decided last week to remove Chick-fil-A and  Domino’s Pizza, although there will be pizza offerings in the redesign.

Another co-chair, Karoline Porcello, told the campus newspaper Emory Wheel that a contributing factor was the restaurant didn’t live up to campus life and student values.

David Furhman, senior director of Emory’s Food Service Administration, also told the Wheel there was “no great affinity or love for Chick-fil-A” but more “an affinity or love of the convenience” of having the restaurant on campus.

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s warning that the nation is “inviting God’s judgment” because it is trying to “redefine” marriage was viewed as an attack on the lesbian and gay community. The comments triggered a firestorm of social media and public protests for days on college campuses and at the chain’s restaurants – both opposing and supporting Cathy’s views.

Emory also weighed in. Dean of Campus Ajay Nair said that while he supported Cathy’s free-speech rights, his comments “do not reflect Emory’s values as an institution.” In December, the campus Student Government Association passed a resolution opposing the restaurant’s presence on campus.

In reaction to the firestorm, Chick-fil-A issued a statement that it has a “culture and service tradition” to treat everyone “with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

In a statement issued to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday, the university said no final decision has been made on Chick-fil-A.  “A strategic review process is continuing with final plans for a new lineup of food vendors expected to be announced this summer.”

245 comments Add your comment

Kelly

March 13th, 2013
11:38 am

God, I hope not. As a staff member, I like having the option to get Chick-fil-A once in awhile, and I do not have the luxury of getting off campus easily for lunch! The options are already pretty bad in Cox Hall…don’t make it worse.

just sayin'

March 13th, 2013
11:48 am

Don’t think it would have much impact on CFA’s bottom line.

GT employee

March 13th, 2013
11:50 am

It’s very surprising that Emory students would not want CFA on campus since here at Georgia Tech it is by far the most popular lunch option at the student center. It is always packed. It has got to be about the firestorm, no question.

True Colors

March 13th, 2013
11:55 am

Like most liberal insitutions and people, tolerance comes into play only if they echo your views. CFA will be just fine. I go there for chicken not their biblical views. Hypocritical Emeroids.

skipper

March 13th, 2013
11:55 am

P.C. gone awry………

veemmmgee

March 13th, 2013
11:56 am

I stand by the poliltical motivation, myself. Say what they will, it has everything to do with that. There is no way the students voted out Chick-fil-A. It will be Emory’s loss, and not the other way around…

RWC

March 13th, 2013
11:58 am

What do students know anyway? Years from now they probably have annual reunions to relive the day they brought Chick-fil-A down. And if there is no connection to Dan Cathy’s comments then why does this “news” warrant the attention of the AJC?

Native Atlantan

March 13th, 2013
11:59 am

Non-story….snobby New England kids of privilege….they don’t deserve CFA anyway.

LeAnn

March 13th, 2013
12:00 pm

You know deep down, being gay is not right. I know alot of gays which I accept but I dont try to force it down other people throats. It is a choice to accept or not. That’s just the way it is. We will all know soon on judgement day.

Bobby

March 13th, 2013
12:01 pm

Now if only the NCAA would grow a pair and ban CFA from sponsoring college football games. Too bad GT students support such discrimination on their campus.

Bobby

March 13th, 2013
12:03 pm

Yeah and what are you going to do LeAnn if Jesus introduces us to his 12 lovers?

Eat Mor Chik'n

March 13th, 2013
12:05 pm

I can’t believe any red-blooded, normal student would vote to expel Chick-Fil-A from the Emory campus.

But then again we are talking about Emory !

If these do-gooders and wannabe social activists want to “protest”, do it after they graduate and start paying their own bills !

Let the free market dictate whether or not CFA stays at Emory !

Midtown

March 13th, 2013
12:07 pm

This is news? Who gives a crap what food choices Emory students have? I’m sure they do but it’s hardly worthy of my attention or anyone else’s that doesn’t go to school there. What’s next? Their choice of toilet paper? The suspense is killing me.

Sally

March 13th, 2013
12:08 pm

Whatever. I feel quite sure CFA will survive without the Emory campus business.

Bullseye

March 13th, 2013
12:10 pm

Eat a #1 combo for lunch a couple of times a week and see how fat you become.

David

March 13th, 2013
12:10 pm

Why is it that no matter what, wherever these bible thumping chicken people go, controversy follows? Because they’ve injected themselves into it. They made made it a big deal. They support the idea that some are ‘more equal’ than others while mindlessly blathering on about religious perspectives that are Victorian and outdated and utterly untrue. They can be as crazy as they like…I don’t care. But, they don’t get my money.

skipper

March 13th, 2013
12:11 pm

Bobby,
Just go “hold one” and let grown folks talk.

bookman parrot

March 13th, 2013
12:11 pm

why is Emory being so intolerant ….

Emory13

March 13th, 2013
12:12 pm

Keep on our campus!!!

Thrash

March 13th, 2013
12:14 pm

Meanwhile, CFA enjoys another double digit growth year….

Cats hav fleas 2

March 13th, 2013
12:14 pm

Geez…just don’t lie about it. At least have the backbone to tell the truth and stand behind it. I eat there regularly and everybody knows the real reason…yes, it’s about the gay marriage issue. Typical Emory students!

Common Sense

March 13th, 2013
12:14 pm

Next year when Emory reports that they have had declining revenues from their new food court, be sure to point them to this decision.

Suddenly I am craving some waffle fries…..

Tonya

March 13th, 2013
12:15 pm

Plenty of gay people eat there, they want the chicken and don’t care about the opinion of the person in charge. I’m sure the students are eating there most and would be upset to not have it as a choice.

bookman parrot

March 13th, 2013
12:15 pm

to Bobby 12:03 … you are just speaking childish nonsense for nonsense sake …

Free at Last

March 13th, 2013
12:16 pm

Yeah, right. It’s blindingly certain why they are being removed. Drive by any Chic-fil-A at lunch time and it’s nearly packed. I guess those folks at Emory represent an aberration in taste buds.

And Bobby don’t be so judgmental and angry in your response. Attacking someone with an opposite viewpoint isn’t the way to win over folks to your position. And help me figure out how the corporation discriminates against you.

Whiskey Breath

March 13th, 2013
12:17 pm

Cut the political BS Emory, everyone knows you can’t get more liberal than Emory.
Everybody likes their chicken sandwich, why let politics deprive the students from getting a great sandwich?

pb

March 13th, 2013
12:18 pm

It is B.S. when the people at Emory say it is not politically motivated. Just admit your bias. The world already knows that the world that college liberals, students and professors at Emory, live in, is not the same one as the rest of us. I go to CFA to get a good sandwich. Do not care about the owner’s politics, especially on such a volatile and divisive issue. Emory should not cave in to the pressure.

Emory66

March 13th, 2013
12:19 pm

Those who insist upon tolerance are usually the least tolerant,

I doubt that Dan or Truett Cathy will lose any sleep over the decision.

Chicken Man

March 13th, 2013
12:20 pm

Bobby you are one sick person.

lakota55

March 13th, 2013
12:20 pm

Pizza is OK as im sure fatty burgers ( with fries ) will be there too but no to healthy chicken sandwiches? Now I see why guns are not allowed on campus. These kids would surely shoot themselves in the foot.

Bullseye

March 13th, 2013
12:20 pm

There is as much fat content as protein in a chicken sandwich. Thumbs down on unhealthy food.

skipper

March 13th, 2013
12:23 pm

Chicken Man,
Right on….folks like Bobby are why the world looks at us badly……what smegma!

cocoa

March 13th, 2013
12:23 pm

Enter your comments here

Emory alum

March 13th, 2013
12:24 pm

Which values is Ajay Nair referring to?….intentionally failing Jewish dental students, corruption in the admissions office, eliminating mutiple academic programs or Dr. Wagner’s infortunate comments about compromise. Of course, there is an agenda here and it is to get CFA off campus.

juan carlos diego raul sanchez

March 13th, 2013
12:25 pm

who cares – it will keep the JAPS from getting chunkier

cocoa

March 13th, 2013
12:25 pm

I’m predicting that there is going to be hell to pay if that actually happens.

ss

March 13th, 2013
12:26 pm

This is the same campus that got in the news for lying about their enrollment statistics. Now, they are voting out a Christian-based campus restaurant. It is a slippery slope…

Mickstah

March 13th, 2013
12:27 pm

It’s heartwarming that so many folks on this blog have so much concern over CFA’s welfare, and how it will “survive” beyond Emory’s snub.

Some of you folks just plain crack me up. “Emory students don’t “deserve” CFA?” LOL. I can totally see how they will be sorry, being that “CFA is so popular!” I guess they’re just going to have to miss out.

LeAnn you would have been right at home in Germany, during the 1940s, where so many other free-thinking people there, like yourself, “decided” not to accept Jews, blacks, Catholics, Gypsies, and — GAYS. But it’s a choice, right?

Bee Hive Haired cashier at Dooleys Den

March 13th, 2013
12:29 pm

Long live Dooley’s Den!

We have sort of a chicken sandwich…….

Richard Long

March 13th, 2013
12:30 pm

“We want equality!”
OK… so if a company supports straight marriages, we should ban them and do what we can to force them into bankruptcy?
Doesn’t sound like equality to me…

Note: The protests are not going to bankrupt CFA, but there are some fanatics that would like to see it happen.

Cliff

March 13th, 2013
12:30 pm

I love Chick-fil-a, but I don’t think it is a bad choice for places like college campuses and hospitals, given their policy of closing on Sunday. Restaurants on college campuses and hospitals are there for convenience, which requires being open seven days a week. I don’t understand why schools and hospitals put in Chick-fil-a as a primary choice, when you know that they don’t serve food on Sunday, but obviously residence halls and hospitals don’t close on Sundays and they need convenient eating options.

SAWB

March 13th, 2013
12:31 pm

So, when did Emory start this slide into idiocy? I guess the new options will include a variety of organically grown vegetarian delights at three times the cost of a good ole chicken sandwich. The sad thing is Chick-fil-A was the only real edible thing they served in that basement hole of a dinner. Oh well just one more reason to visits Community Q.

Sander

March 13th, 2013
12:32 pm

Personally I don’t see what all the hoopla is about Chick-Fil-A anyhow. It’s ok, nothing special and never the first place I would pick to go and eat.

Bee Hive Haired cashier at Dooleys Den

March 13th, 2013
12:32 pm

You dissin me SAWB?

Mark

March 13th, 2013
12:34 pm

For all of you who think that Emory should be forced to have a Chik-fil-A on its private property: Would you still eat there if it was anti-gun instead of anti-gay?

Survey Says

March 13th, 2013
12:36 pm

“Another co-chair, Karoline Porcello, told the campus newspaper Emory Wheel that a contributing factor was the restaurant didn’t live up to campus life and student values.”

That made me spit out my waffle fries! Hilarious! This is totally politically motivated and everyone knows it. Emory’s loss. CFA will be just fine.

You uppity, liberal types sure are intollerant.

BrownEyedGirl!

March 13th, 2013
12:36 pm

@lakota55

Chick fil A really isn’t any more healthy than any other fast food restaurant. I like the Chick, but here lately, I have noticed it is really salty. That could be because I am eating healthier these days.

Bobby

March 13th, 2013
12:37 pm

Such fine Christians coming out of th woodwork. Jesus is going to have a field day on judgment day. And I don’t see him serving CFA to the masses.

Hey you, get off my cloud!

March 13th, 2013
12:37 pm

Evil begets Evil, (your intolerant, no you are),

How about eliminating Emory from receiving Hope scholarship money

JIMBOB

March 13th, 2013
12:38 pm

Seems like Emory might have learned a thing or two from its legacy of antisemitism. It should keep CFA on campus if for no other reason than to show it does not some similar hatred for Christianity.