Florida Atlantic University President Mary Jane Saunders has agreed to meet Friday with students upset about a decision to name the football stadium after a prison operator.
About 100 students on Monday protested FAU’s decision last week to name the facility the GEO Group Stadium, after the Boca Raton-based company made a $6 million donation. Saunders said she will hold a public meeting at noon Friday in the recruiting room of the stadium to discuss the concerns.
While Saunders called GEO a “wonderful company,” protestors, describing the stadium deal as the ‘Owlkatraz’ project, say it has a track record of human rights violations. GEO was fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in June, and the company has lost lawsuits pertaining to mistreatment of inmates.
“We’re not going to sit here and watch our university make a laughing stock of our education so they can have some more resources,” said Catherine Armuelles, 29, of West Palm Beach.
Saunders said Monday she didn’t anticipate the gift would be controversial since the company is publicly traded and has had strong ties to FAU.
Student protestors arrived on the FAU lawn Monday morning holding up signs reading, “Profit from Pain is Inhumane,” and “GEO: Find Another University.” Some danced under a limbo stick as protestors shouted, “How low can you go?”
“We already have a problem with getting students to go to the stadium. Adding a controversy is only going to make it worse,” said Michael Cepeda, 21, of Boca Raton.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Mostly white privileged Students protest new FAU stadium name
I remember those days watching a bunch of students joining protests so they can show their empathy or get easy tail or both which ever hot topic issue of the day caught their fancy. Nice to see the privileged students bitching about something they educated themselves off a wikipedia page.