FAU President to Critics: GEO Group Stadium Name is a "Done Deal" (UPDATED)
The crowd of more than 200 had gathered at noon in the school's recruiting room, in the bowels of the stadium, about half of them students, overwhelmingly opposed to the $6 million deal, the other half largely GEO employees, who knew on which side their bread was buttered.
Perhaps the worst consequence of Saunders's moral myopia is its instructional value.
Exiting the forum, on the broad sidewalk outside the stadium, one came upon a group of young male students, chuckleheaded jockos hawking t-shirts, $15 a pop. On the shirts' fronts, black letters on orange read "Owlcatraz." On their backs was inscribed "Prisoner number such-and-such" and similar faux data, making mockery of the GEO Group's grim business.
"We thought we'd capitalize on the occasion," one told us. "It's a way to begin a new tradition."
"Aren't you troubled by the university's association with a notorious human rights abuser?" we asked.
"Every large corporation's going to have a few black marks," he replied.
There's your cynical lesson well learned, President Saunders: Take the money and run.
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