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In Open Letters, FAU Faculty and Father of Hurt Student Ask President Saunders to Apologize

Ya gotta hate Mondays. Especially if you're FAU President Mary Jane Saunders and you come in and open your email and find two open letters "to the FAU community" raking the school over the coals for its handling of two recent scandals.

One letter came from John Hiatt, of Wellington, whose daughter was among the students involved in protests that shamed the school into 86ing the sale to global private prison operator GEO Group of naming rights to the school's stadium. The other came from FAU faculty, and like Hiatt's addressed the school's response to the protests, as well as its decision to throw communications instructor Deandre Poole to the Christian Right wolves rather than defend the principle of academic freedom.

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