Ball State sees large response after Papa John’s decision

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) – More than 500 people have emailed Ball State University about its decision to support Papa John’s founder John Schnatter amid controversy over his use of a racial slur.

The Star Press reports that trustees decided Friday to support the pizza-chain founder, who graduated from the university in 1983.

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An online petition has been started asking trustees to reverse the decision and remove Schnatter’s name from the university’s John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.

A university spokeswoman says officials condemn racism and are committed to diversity and inclusion.

Schnatter resigned as chairman of the Kentucky-based pizza chain after Forbes reported last month that he used the slur during a media training conference call. He has apologized for using the word, but said it was taken out of context.