The University of North Florida has decided that they’d rather eat Totino’s than Papa John’s Pizza. According to a release, the school asked its on-campus vendor Chartwells to remove the Papa John’s franchise from the student union. It will be replaced with an in-house outlet.
On July 11, news outlets reported that Papa John’s founder John Schnatter had used the n-word on a conference call in May. A day later, Schnatter resigned as chairman of the company’s board. He has since criticized media reports and claimed that he was set up; his most recent desperate grasp at straws involves suing the company and accusing the board of negligence and of staging a possible “coup.”
In a message sent to the campus community this afternoon, UNF dropped the hammer on garlic butter dipping sauce, but mostly rich dudes who use the n-word, writing that it is “committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all” and “creating a culture of respect and to providing a path for people from diverse backgrounds to succeed.”
It did not address how the loss of the pickled pepperoncini peppers will affect campus life.
The school further stated:
The University stands in unity and solidarity with all members of our community, regardless of genetic information, race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or veteran status. We're proud of the diversity in our students, faculty and staff.
Somewhere, we suspect Dan and Frank Carney are still laughing.
But for serious, kudos to UNF.