The controversy over fast food chain Chick-fil-A has spread to the University of Southern Mississippi campus.
The popular restaurant chain has been in headlines nationwide for weeks after its owner made statements proclaiming his stance against gay marriage. The owner has also funded anti-homosexual nonprofit groups. Whether or not a business executive should express such opinions and how the public should respond has been a water cooler conversation across America for weeks.
But now, at USM, there's a new element: What should happen when that business is on a college campus and the students start speaking out?
Southern Miss student Andy Bearden has launched a petition online aiming to get what the form calls the "extremely anti-equality" restaurant booted from the campus Union, a popular place on campus for students to gather and eat.
The petition has a target of 15,000 signatures. So far, more than 500 students and staff have gotten involved, and more are clicking 'sign' by the hour.
When asked for a comment, the university's Chief Communication Officer Jim Coll issued a statement that did not address the politics or the petition, but instead iterated the business contract: "The University of Southern Mississippi has out-sourced all of its food service operations through a long-term contract with the Aramark Corporation. Chick-fil-A is one of ten different retail dining options available on campus. Aramark provides dining services on more than 600 college campuses nationwide including five public universities in Mississippi."
USM professor Kate Greene has requested the issue be put on the faculty senate's agenda.
"We have a non-discrimination policy at USM that includes sexual orientation and so if we have that policy, I think to live up to that, then we should not be doing anything to support organizations that are anti-gay," said Greene.
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 02:35:37 GMT
Authorities have recovered the body of a 10-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek. The search for the boy's younger brother continued Sunday. ColumbusMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek. The search for the boy's older brother continued Sunday.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:35:57 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Clinton Police Department's Interim Chief Mike Warren said upon further investigation, it appears an disagreement over a woman may have led to the death of a Jackson man.
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:53 PM EDT2013-05-20 02:53:15 GMT
JPD searched a Jackson Home at 846 Brandon Ave., Saturday that netted four arrests, a variety of drugs and $1,500. "On May 18, 2013, The Jackson Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Unit responded toMore >>
JPD searched a Jackson Home at 846 Brandon Ave., Saturday that netted four arrests, a variety of drugs and $1,500.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:11 PM EDT2013-05-20 01:11:48 GMT
Clinton H.S. students evacuated the school after the threat
Thursday Clinton police arrested a Clinton Alternative School student in connection with several recent bomb threats to Clinton High School. Police now say more people will be arrested in connection withMore >>
Police now say more people will be arrested in connection with the threats.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Wednesday, July 11 2012 6:10 AM EDT2012-07-11 10:10:08 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Dozens of police recruits were injured during training exercises last week and the heat could be to blame. The entire current class at the police academy filed paperwork claiming to be injuredMore >>
Dozens of police recruits were injured during training exercises last week and the heat could be to blame.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:02 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:29:27 GMT
Jackson mayoral candidates will face off in another forum to explain their views on public schools in the capital city. The forum was scheduled be start at 6 p.m. Sunday in the community room of the JacksonMore >>
Jackson mayoral candidates will face off in another forum to explain their views on public schools in the capital city.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201