"Sorority Diet" Drains Intellectual Energy out of Penn State’s Chi Omega

Freedom of speech indemnifies Penn State sorority Chi Omega from any appeal to what use to be called “political correctness”. But who will protect them for sheer stupidity? Even beyond ironic intent, freedom of speech does not protect people from behaving in stupid or unimaginative ways. Chi Omega, really? Is this the best all those planning meetings with your sisters could come up with? You’re at a prestigious land-grant institution, and this is how you show sorority “spirit”? You continue to sink the reputation of a once great institution. I support your freedom of speech. But your actions speak for themselves. In reproducing a stupid stereotype, you’ve reproduced a stupid stereotype about your sorority. Again, was this the best all those planning meetings and your combined mental energies could come up with? Claiming you’re all on the “sorority diet” (look it up) would be specious, inaccurate, mean, and inappropriate. Oh, wait, but that’s alright because your party was also just a “joke.” Alright, bring in the clowns… 

Penn State ranks 193rd nationally for campus ethnic diversity according to U.S. News. It’s not a good position in the rankings. Penn State, What are you going to do about it?


From Huffington Post 

“A Penn State sorority is facing an investigation after posting an offensive picture to social media, Onward State reports.
The photo of a “Mexican-themed” Chi Omega party that surfaced Monday shows a group of girls wearing sombreros, ponchos and fake moustaches and holding signs that say “will mow lawn for weed + beer” and “I don’t cut grass, I smoke it.”
The girl’s [sic] identities were discovered because they were tagged on Facebook, Onward State reports.
The offensive photo led the Penn State Penhellenic Council to investigate the Nu Gamma Chapter of Chi Omega, according to the online version of the school’s paper, The Daily Collegian.
The chapter’s head Jessica Riccardi issued an apology, reading in part:

Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes. The picture in question does not support any of Chi Omega’s values or reflect what the organization aspires to be.

It’s ironic that these college-educated youths choose to stereotype Mexicans as overly indulgent marijuana users. Around 21.5 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds in the United States use the drug, according to a study released last year by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. By contrast, only 1 percent of Mexican adults smoked marijuana in 2008, according the most recent estimate from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.”


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"Sorority Diet" Drains Intellectual Energy out of Penn State’s Chi Omega

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