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Students at Florida Atlantic University protest naming stadium for prison operator


The president of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton has agreed to meet with students who oppose a decision to name the school's football stadium for a private prison operator. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel says university president Mary Jane Saunders agreed to the meeting after about 100 students protested the school's decision to provide stadium naming rights to the GEO Group, a for-profit prison operator, in exchange for a $6 million donation. Saunders has called GEO a “wonderful company,” but protesters say GEO has a track record of human rights violations. It was fined in June by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the company has lost lawsuits pertaining to mistreatment of inmates.

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