Chick-Fil-A on the way

Chick-Fil-A on the way

Students have mixed thoughts over the addition of fast-food chain

The students have voted and the university has provided, the campus community was notified that Chick-Fil-A will be coming to UVU this fall by a tweet from President Matthew Holland.

Efforts to add Chick-Fil-A to campus began last year.

Jacob Atkin, associate vice president of finance, said, “Our goal is to open Chick-Fil-A for fall semester 2017, but the exact date is impossible to predict at this point.” He also stated that it would be premature to announce where the fast-food chain would be located on campus.

Andre Jones, presidential intern for UVU’s office of finance and administration, said that the decision to put the restaurant on campus was heavily influenced by UVU students. Surveys and Twitter polls were used to measure what students wanted on campus. Other fast-food chains in the running included: Panda Express, Zupas, Wendy’s and Little Caesar’s Pizza. The university is planning on a second new restaurant to bring to campus, but the name or location of a food business has not been announced.

“I think it would be ‘sick’, because then we would have good chicken to eat. It’s better than Taco Bell or Jamba Juice,” said Jordan Hicken, a sophomore exercise science student at UVU.

Not all students are enthusiastic about the addition of Chick-Fil-A.

Keli Byers, sociology major and public relations chair of Spectrum, an LGBTQ club, at UVU, says she understands why Chick-Fil-A is coming to campus because it is a popular choice among UVU students, but says there are issues with the company’s political standards.

“I’m not a proponent of Chick-Fil-A, they’re definitely anti-LGBTQ. They’re very vocal about the fact that they are anti-LGBTQ. It’s going to bring in revenue, I guess that’s very good for the campus, but I think that there are better options that UVUSA and administration could be considering,” said Byers.

Byers says that the addition of outside brands could hurt UVU Dining Services.

We have amazing services through Valley View, for example, they cater to health needs and dietary restrictions. I have a dietary restriction and the only places I can eat on campus most of the time is Valley View. The more that we bring in other vendors instead of catering to dietary needs to students, the more it’s going hurt Valley View because they’re already having to cut back on the options that they offer,” Byers said.
The family-owned business, which started in Atlanta, became involved in the debate over marriage equality in 2012 when Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A, shared his views in ‘support for the traditional family’ and expressed his opposition over the legalization of same-sex marriage. The company has a history of donating to groups organizations that oppose same-sex marriage such as The Marriage & Family Legacy Fund, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Family Research Council and the National Christian Foundation. The Family Research Council has been determined as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In 2012, Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts canceled plans to add the chain to campus due to Cathy’s comments. The same year, the company stated they would no longer support groups with political or social agendas. Since the same-sex marriage controversy, the fast-food chain has made efforts to be more inclusive towards the LGBTQ community.

A day after the Orlando Pulse shooting, Chick-Fil-A employees provided food to people who were in line to donate blood to victims of the attacks.

Christian Reid, a chemistry student at UVU, says that while he enjoys Chick-Fil-A’s food he has problems with the company’s stance on same-sex marriage.

“As a queer student, obviously, I have my qualms on their stances towards my identity and the rights that I should and shouldn’t have in terms of the right to marry who I want to,” he said.

Matthew Elms, freshmen and physical therapy student said, “I think if Chick-Fil-A came here that would be a great idea and I think they would have a lot of success.”

According to Jones, no official complaints have been made about the addition of the fast-food chain to campus.

5 Responses to "Chick-Fil-A on the way"

  1. Lauren   January 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Honestly I prefer Zupas, I like to have some salads on campus but chic-fil-a is ok too. Look if people are butt hurt about this situation then don’t eat it. UVU as a business is not gonna cater to the minority in this situation. The greater majority want’s chic-fil-a then they’ll get chic-fil-a, It’s a win win for UVU and Chic-fil-a.

  2. Fuzzy Panda   January 24, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Although I do agree with Lauren, I appreciate the fact that UVU tries to be inclusive to all students. However It is difficult to have 100% of the student body to feel inclusive and happy. Like a business UVU isn’t afraid of polarizing people. While the LGBT community may not be happy with this restaurant they have many other food options on campus. Personally my diet doesnt let me eat Chic-fil-a and I’m betting there are people who are the same yet we shouldn’t be discouraged and be angry we’ll just adapt. I’m just happy that UVU is growing.

  3. Wolverine Green   January 26, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Chick Fil A is delicious. Their political stances have nothing to do with their ability to make delicious chicken and serve it to everyone regardless of your sexual orientation.

    • Fuzzy Panda   January 31, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Couldn’t agree with you more!

  4. Bee   March 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Who can I go to if I’m interested in opening a restaurant at uvu?


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