After a 21-20 vote from the Elon University Student Government Association Senate tonight, president Darien Flowers’ veto of the proposed legislation has been upheld.
But students remain split regarding the decision to veto the resolution banning Chick-Fil-A from campus.
The resolution, which passed in a vote by the SGA Senate 35-11 Oct. 12, weighed on Flowers’ mind for nearly two weeks before he chose to veto it. The resolution asserts that the restaurant does not align with the university’s diversity policy, and should not be moved to the Lakeside Dining Hall upon its completion in December.
Flowers told The Pendulum he vetoed the resolution to keep a free flow of ideas on campus. Most students said they see the logic behind Flowers’ decision, but remain torn.
“I’m all for the dollar as your vote, but then again I also understand the social issues Spectrum is bringing to the table,” senior David Campbell said. “But overall it’s a university decision, not a student decision.”
The idea that the university is responsible for settling the issue was expressed by many of the 35 students polled on campus. Some said the debate has gone on long enough, and become both unproductive and hateful.
“I think the administration should have gotten involved a long time ago,” senior Ashlee McCullock said. “Duke and Davidson seem to have done it a long time ago, and without all this craziness.”
This ‘craziness’ has divided campus. Some said the silent majority of Elon students support Chick-Fil-A’s presence on campus, and the 35-11 Senate vote did not represent this group.
“The decision to veto it was a good one because it’s a smaller population that wants it gone,” freshman Imani Mobley. “Its just a sandwich company. I support the gay rights community but Chick-Fil-A should stay.”
Others said this silent group should stand up for their beliefs or accept the consequences.
“I think it was a good decision to think about it more, but he vetoed what the senate decided,” junior Kenzi Mann said. “If more people who wanted it to stay on campus would have come out to stand up for it, it would have been an easier decision.”
Although the veto has been upheld, support for Flowers’ decision still wavers on campus. Although a majority of students polled said they do agree with the president’s decision, there are those who disagree with tonight’s decision.
“Just because you have the power to do something doesn’t mean you should,” senior Edith Veremu said. “The minority population has been silenced at Elon multiple times, and as a person in power and a minority on campus, Darien should know better.”