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Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: The Cost Of Associating With Papa John

Jae Lee

As we were preparing for this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, a question came in from a loyal listener. Why, he asked, would Purdue even consider taking the name of Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter off of the business center his $8 million gift to Purdue helped endow, even if Schnatter admits to repeating a racial slur on a conference call with his company’s executives? Wouldn’t that be tantamount to limiting free speech on campus?

We ask that of President Daniels on this month’s show, but we also consider the flip-side: Can Purdue afford to be associated with a rich white businessman who’s now made two high-profile missteps in talking about the black community within a year?

Also on this month’s program, did the president actually tell Bloomberg News he feels “homeless,” given the current state of the Republican Party as run by Donald Trump?