Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy faced backlash this summer when he expressed his views opposing gay marriage during a radio interview. Now that the chain has a new home in the Michel Student Center, students have varying opinions on the university’s decision to bring Chick-fil-A to campus.
Freshman nursing major Lorelei Volpe said she is going to eat elsewhere.
“I personally don’t want to eat Chick-fil-A,” she said. “I respect their right to free speech, but those views shouldn’t be part of your business. Even if my $5 doesn’t do anything to stop it, I don’t want to fund them any further.”
Sophomore entrepreneurship major Daniel Bachrach said other companies, like Jack-in-the-Box, have also expressed strong opinions.
“There are plenty of other companies that have the same views, and that was his own personal belief,” he said. “I think he said it as eloquently as he could.”
Junior entrepreneurship major Michael DePorte said he will also likely avoid the new restaurant.
“I don’t agree with his views, and I will probably choose not to eat there,” he said.
Vice President for Business Affairs Gary Anna said Chick-fil-A was brought to campus following student surveys last year.
“Students indicated that they would want one here,” he said. “We have been and can be criticized for our companies, but as long as they’re abiding by the laws, then one could say there is some healthiness in having opposing views and honest discourse.”
Ultimately, Anna said, Chick-fil-A is at Bradley for the food, and nothing more than that.
“This isn’t a political issue for us, it’s not a social issue for us,” he said. “The reality is, we’re just serving chicken.”