Papa John's

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Two topics come up time and again on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels: food and money.

Faculty have opposed the opening of a Chick-Fil-A location on campus, in part because the company’s founders oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds. So is making the proprietor sign boilerplate language about inclusivity and non-discrimination enough to quiet those concerns? And what’s the difference between this and giving money back to the founder of Papa John’s Pizza after he made insensitive remarks?

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Money is a common topic on WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, and this month is no stranger to such talks.

On this month's show, we address with Purdue’s President the decision – after a longer period of time than some schools took – to finally to part ways with the founder of Papa John’s over his use of a racial slur.

We’ll talk about Daniels’ recent editorial claiming states like Connecticut that are in dire financial straits could look to Indiana for help. A couple newspaper editorials disagree with his assertions and say Connecticut – and other states – deserve more from Indiana than they get.

Purdue Reaches Deal To Send Papa John's Money Back

Aug 14, 2018
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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels confirms the school has reached an agreement to return a gift made by Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter.

Purdue’s Trustees earlier this month said they would “offer” to return the gift the Schnatter Family Foundation had made to endow an entrepreneurship center within the Krannert School of Management.

Daniels says only a portion of the promised eight million dollars needs to be given back.

“Only $1 million of the eight had actually been delivered and it’s being returned,” Daniels says.

Purdue Strips Papa John's Name From Economic Center

Aug 3, 2018
Purdue University

The Purdue University Board of Trustees Friday removed Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s name from its economic research center.

The unanimous decision follows the controversy around Schnatter’s use of a racial slur during a conference call earlier this year.

Ball State Will Keep Papa John's Name On Business Program

Aug 3, 2018

Ball State University’s governing board says it will not take the name of the Papa John’s pizza chain founder off a business program at the school.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, several area universities have had to consider actions after something the Ball State alumnus said.

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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?