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FAU Meeting Regarding Controversial GEO Group Deal Fails To Satisfy Protesters
Published March 4, 2013
HEATED MEETING: In Ft. Lauderdale, Anne Geggis reported FAU associate political science professor & Graduate Studies Dir Kevin Wagner "chided participants for speaking out of turn." He "began the question and answer period by calling on people who supported the decision, inciting snorts of derision." Protestors said that he was "not their choice for moderator." FAU student Rocco Voyeur said that he learned of the naming-rights deal "on the satirical late-night Comedy Central show 'The Colbert Report.'" Voyeur during the meeting asked, "Are you concerned at all that this has given the university a stigma?" Saunders then "gestured toward" Barbar. She said, "He is very proud to accept this gift" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/2). In West Palm Beach, Randy Schultz writes FAU's message at the meeting essentially was, "We’re keeping the money. If you don’t like it, tough." FAU's strategy is to "talk past questions and wait for the controversy to die down." Schultz: "To a degree, that may work. Ironically, though, FAU never will get totally past the controversy because of that very prominent placing of GEO’s name" (PALM BEACH POST, 3/4).