Miami's Barry University determined recently that Donald Trump's rhetoric is "antithetical" to the university’s "core commitments" to inclusivity and social justice and imposed a ban on all businesses and organizations Trump either owns or plays a senior leadership role in. That includes Trump Doral golf course, where the university's national championship-winning golf team used to be able to practice free of charge three or four times a year.
Barry and its president, Sister Linda Bevilacqua, have gained some notoriety as of late for radical actions, including pushing for illegal immigrants to be offered college education, defending having an Imam lead students in an "Allah Akbar" chant on 9/11, and welcoming a "pro-ISIS" student organization (a Project Veritas undercover sting operation). Despite the university's habit of leaning left, one of the school's VPs insisted that the "Trump ban" wasn't political.
"As a practice, Barry University does not engage in business relationships where senior leadership of a company takes a public position, or the company’s guiding principles are, antithetical to the university’s core commitments of Inclusive Community and/or Social Justice," Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs Sara Herald told Campus Reform. "This practice, which has been in place for some time, is not political, as we do not take positions relative to candidates. We seek only to ensure fulfillment of our values through our institutional business related ventures and expenditures."
The boycott didn't gain much national attention, but as Campus Reform highlights, members of the Barry men's golf team have begun to feel the effects:
According to several individuals affiliated with the university who spoke with Campus Reform on condition of anonymity, the men’s golf team — which won national championships in 2007, 2013, and 2014 — had previously been allowed to practice, free of charge, at the high-quality Trump Doral course three to four times per year, but now must resort to daily-fee courses, putting stress on the team's budget.
“I can tell you that 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,” golfer Alberto Bianco told Campus Reform. “They would be ideal for our golf team to practice on because they will provide us with tough playing conditions which we don't find a lot of where we play now.”
Perhaps the more impactful result of the Trump boycott comes in recruiting, which has already been hurt by the coaches' inability to represent the university at the annual junior golf tournament at Trump Doral, where many of the top recruits come to play every year. The setback isn't crushing, but as the anonymous golfers revealed, not everyone is thrilled with Bevilacqua's most recent politically-charged action.
As for that insane "pro-ISIS" club incident, below is Project Veritas' undercover video showing university officials advising a student reporter about how to get funding for the group she admits will be sending money to ISIS terrorists (the student was later suspended for the "creation of a hostile environment for members of the university staff").