Chicken wars: Chick-fil-A supporters flocked to the fast food chain on Wednesday, buying up chicken sandwiches and waffle fries faster than restaurants could cook them. But the Atlanta-based company still faces strong opposition from gay marriage supporters, especially on college campuses. Leaders at two schools--Boise State University, in Idaho, and New York University--said on Wednesday the restaurant chain could soon be asked to move out of its campus locations. At Boise State, student body President Ryan Gregg, who is gay, plans to ask all students to weigh in on the issue. He pledged to carry the majority opinion to school administrators, even if he disagrees with it. The restaurant originally came to campus because students selected it through a survey. In New York, NYU administrators, egged on by at least one city council member, said they would ask the University Senate to reconsider Chick-fil-A's presence on campus this fall.
In March, the student government at Northeastern University voted to end negotiations with Chick-fil-A over a franchise planned for its Boston campus. The company also has faced opposition at Duke University, Bowling Green University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gainesville State College, Indiana University South Bend, Mississippi State University, Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas.
Emergency request: On Wednesday, the portion of the new health care law that requires employers to pay for contraceptive and abortifacient medications under their insurance plans went into effect. Wheaton College, which filed suit against the government over the mandate and faces thousands of dollars in fines every day it fails to comply, asked a Washington D.C. federal court for an emergency ruling to block the penalties while the case plods through the courts. Most schools took advantage of a one-year grace period offered to certain religious organizations, buying them time to press their cases around the country. But a technical glitch with Wheaton's insurance policy disqualified it from the "safe harbor" offer, making it the first school to face forced compliance. The school estimates it will rack up about $1.2 million in fines annually if the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't eventually strike down the mandate. Earlier this week, a U.S. District Court in Colorado granted a preliminary injunction to Hercules Industries, a Catholic-owned company also fighting the mandate. Last month, a federal judge in Washington dismissed a case brought by North Carolina's Belmont Abbey College, saying the school didn't have grounds to sue because the mandate didn't apply to it yet. About two dozen challenges are still pending.
Phoenix rising?: Amid all the castigation, for-profit schools got a bit of good news this week. The U.S. Department of Education found no problems with the University of Phoenix's policies and procedures for administering federal student aid. The school is one of the largest for-profit institutions in the country. Senate Democrats issued a scathing report about for-profit schools last week, accusing them of putting profits ahead of students. The report blasted the industry for taking so much federal aid, in the form of student loans and grants. For profit school administrators dismissed the report as misleading and politically motivated.