University Bans Teams From Playing at Trump Owned Locations, Citing Political Rhetoric
Most golfers would give anything to play at the Trump National Doral Golf Course in Miami, one of the premier golf sites in the world and home to five championship courses.
The twelve students on the Barry University golf team who come from around the United States and as far away as Zimbabwe, have enjoyed that privilege free of charge three or four times a season courtesy of Doral owner, Donald Trump, but the university’s decision to severe relations with the billionaire will now force the team onto public links.
Barry is a consistently top-ranked NCAA team that has won the championship in 2007, 2013 and 2014.
The decision by the private, co-ed Catholic school near Miami was announced by university President Sister Linda Bevilacqua after the administration determined Trump’s rhetoric during his campaign for the Republican nomination for the presidency “conflicts with the university’s mission.”
“Barry University does not engage in business relationships where... the company's guiding principles are, antithetical to the university’s core commitments of Inclusive Community and/or Social Justice.”
Sara Herald, VP for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at Barry said the matter was not politically motivated, because the school does not take positions on candidates, but to “ensure that Barry remains true to its fundamental values,” although she did not specifically identify areas where any Trump statement conflicted Barry's values.
The school was careful to point out that students, faculty and staff are not prohibited from playing at the course, adding that Trump would be welcome to participate if a debate were to be held on campus.
A member of the golf team told the student newspaper, Campus Reform, “This decision has affected us quite a bit because Doral is one of the nicest courses in Florida, with outstanding practice facilities and the golf courses in the resort are really hard and challenging.”
Barry was in the news last year when a student secretly recorded administrators approving a “pro-ISIS club” to help terrorists out of poverty.