The environment is the focus of a West Palm Beach protest tomorrow, the second day of spring, courtesy of activists from the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition and Everglades Earth First! They're concerned for the fate of Briger Forest, at 700 acres the largest bloc of undeveloped land in north-central Palm Beach County and one of the region's last remaining stands of coastal pine flatwoods.
Briger has been in the sights of developers and the county's business establishment ever since Jeb Bush birthed the idea of bioscience as the Holy Grail of local economic growth. Jeb's brainstorm fizzled out. There's still money to be made on the hustle, though, and now the Kolter Group is looking to cash in, with a scheme including housing, office space, and... more bioscience!
Whereas, faculty are concerned about the GEO Group's management of its institutions in the U.S. and abroad; and
Whereas, faculty oppose important administrative decisions being made without participation or input from faculty, staff, or other FAU stakeholders; and
Whereas, the GEO Group's business practices do not align with the missions of the university; and
Whereas, faculty think that the stadium naming has hurt the reputation of the university;
Be it resolved, that the faculty oppose naming the FAU football stadium the GEO Group Stadium.
Tepid as it is -- and notable for its absence of any proposed response should the school stand by its complicity with the notorious human rights abuser -- the resolution represents one small step for academic integrity.
Failure to pass the measure would expose the faculty as mere careerists and moral cretins. The French call it la trahison des clercs. Faculty, one hopes, know what it means. You can look it up.
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