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The University of New Mexico (UNM) Student Union Board (SUB) will vote on a resolution this Wednesday afternoon which will decide whether popular fast food chain Chick-fil-A will be allowed to remain in the student union building.
The UNM Student Union Board is comprised of faculty, students, alumni, and administrators and is charged with determining which vendors are allowed to operate in the UNM student union.
The vote was scheduled after the student government organization, the Associated Students of UNM, passed a resolution last Wednesday which recommended removing Chick-fil-A from the student union due to the “company’s divisive history of contributions.”
Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, has made statements in support of traditional marriage and donated to pro-traditional marriage organizations through the company’s charitable wing.
Sunny Liu, Vice President of the Associated Students of UNM, told Campus Reform the resolution was designed to address concerns voiced by a left-wing campus coalition, the Union of Social Justice League.
“We felt it was necessary to put the question on the table and put it to a vote rather than remain silent on the issue,” said Liu.
As Vice President of the Associated Students of UNM, Liu presides over all meetings but does not get a vote, even though he supports banning Chick-fil-A.
“Considering the formal complaints brought forth by our constituents I felt that the Senate expressed its opinion clearly in adherence to this article [the Chick-fil-A resolution], and I support them and their decision as their [Vice] President of the Senate,” he told Campus Reform.
Liu said over 3,000 members of the campus community filled out a survey asking them their opinion about Chick-fil-A.
In a press release posted online, UNM College Republican Vice President Brandon Aragon stated the UNM Associated Student’s resolution was premature, as results from the student survey about the chain have yet to be released.
The official results will be revealed Wednesday at the vote. Liu claimed from what he’s seen the poll is “…pretty down the middle for a lot of things.”
In the past year campus Chick-fil-A franchises have been the subject of controversy atmany universities across the country.
Similar initiatives have been started at Eastern Illinois University, Davidson College, New York University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Wichita State, and Elon University.
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