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Saturday, December 20, 2014

ASUNM’s decision to ignore students’ wishes is an immature and unfair reaction to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s beliefs

Editor’s note: This is in response to the article “ASUNM votes to evict mor chikin,” published in Friday’s Daily Lobo. The article was about ASUNM’s vote to recommend kicking Chick-fil-A out of the SUB. ASUNM conducted a student survey about the restaurant and 85 percent of students surveyed said they wanted Chick-fil-A to stay. This week, the SUB Board will vote on the restaurant’s future in the SUB.

Editor,

I was pretty disturbed to find out that the student government is trying to forcibly remove Chick-fil-A from the SUB. Whether or not we agree with Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s view on sexuality, running Chick-fil-A out of UNM is an exceptionally immature and unfair way to react. By attempting to force out Chick-fil-A, ASUNM is sending a message of discrimination. If our government is attempting to destroy our freedom of speech by shutting down businesses, then where is our government headed? How long before anyone can be run out of UNM for politely and reasonably stating an opinion? Is anyone else disturbed by this?

Justin Kesselring
UNM student