August 1 is Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day and while discussions about the company's gay marriage stance heat up nationwide students from South Dakota's largest universities are throwing their two cents into the fryer.
South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota are both looking to adding a Chick-fil-A to their respective campuses. However, Chick-fil-A's large wake of controversy has created woes among students.
Doug Wermedal, Vice-President of SDSU Student Affairs, said SDSU's Gay Straight Alliance has created a petition to keep Chick-fil-A from coming to the Brookings campus. Wermedal said if the Gay Straight Alliance provides Student Affairs office the petition the restaurant's status on campus would be open for discussion.
Wermedal said if the plan moves forward a Chick-fil-A would open on the SDSU campus in the fall of 2013.
The University of South Dakota has also been looking into the adding a Chick-fil-A once the expansion of its Muenster University Center is complete. Phillip Carter, USD Media Relations, said the restaurant's status at USD is still up in the air, but they have received one letter for and one letter against Chick-fil-A opening a shop on the Vermillion campus.
Carter said expansion of the Muenster University Center starts later this summer and it is not expected to be completed for another two years. Carter said that time span provides the campus enough time to open a dialogue with students.