A brand new Hooters restaurant will soon open in Abilene, Texas, but not everyone is pleased. Abilene Christian University is discouraging its students from working at the controversial restaurant chain, considering it a moral dilemma.
Disheartened by the establishment’s salacious dress code, the northern Texas college has found it vitally important to ask their students to “consider both what Hooters represents and whether that is something they really want to support in terms of both their faith and the value this business model places on women,” according to Emerald Cassidy, ACU director of public and media relations.
In the ACU student handbook, the university advocates for “students to make decisions that ultimately glorify God” both on campus and off.
Open job positions include kitchen staff, general managers, and Hooters girls.
According to a job listing, Hooters girls are to be “captivating to all who visit Hooters restaurants.”
“The Hooters Girl is the icon of the Hooters Brand and has drawn guests into Hooters Restaurants for decades. An exclusive position, reserved only for those who are entertaining, goal oriented, glamorous, and charismatic. In the restaurant she is identified by her glamorous styled hair, camera ready make-up, and her fit body which all contribute to her confidence and poise,” an overview of the job explains.
The company even offers tuition reimbursement for its workers, a perk that will most certainly be of interest to young college students attending ACU, paying more than $40,000 per year.
Hooters has caught wind of the college’s disapproval. The restaurant asserts that they are “committed to supporting the communities” in which they operate and prioritizes a “welcoming environment for all of our employees and guests."
"Over the years, Hooters has raised funds for numerous philanthropic initiatives, including raising more than $4.7 million for breast cancer research, and has provided more than $3.1 million in tuition reimbursement to its employees,” said Sarah Osment, a Hooters spokeswoman. "We look forward to serving the people of Abilene at our new location."
According to ACU’s mission statement, “Christianity is woven into the classroom and campus activities.” It continues, “Students are challenged intellectually while developing spiritually; this prepares our graduates to bring the principles of Christ into their profession, to make sound decisions based on core beliefs and values, and to show kindness and compassion toward others in the workplace.”
Abilene Christian University is just one of three Christian universities in the city of Abilene, with an enrollment of more than 4,900 students. The new Hooters restaurant will be situated less than a mile and a half from the ACU campus and is set to open on Jan. 15.
Abilene Christian University did not respond to Red Alert Politics’ request for comment.
Isaiah Denby is a college freshman from Tampa Bay, Fla., studying economics and political science.