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Dartmouth’s Phiesta Phollies
The D reports:
The presidents of Alpha Phi sorority and Phi Delta Alpha fraternity canceled “Phiesta,” an annual philanthropic event planned for Saturday, after students raised concerns about the theme’s possible cultural insensitivity, A Phi president Courtney Wong ‘15 said.
“We take these concerns very seriously,” Wong said. “And we want to make sure that we respect the diversity of the broader community.”
Phi Delt president Taylor Cathcart ‘15 reiterated Wong’s comments, emphasizing that he supported canceling the event.
“We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser,” Cathcart said.
All proceeds would have gone toward cardiac care, according to the Facebook invitation.
Dartmouth community members were invited to join Greek members on Phi Delt’s lawn of for a performance by campus band “Burn the Barn,” free virgin piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris, chips and salsa, homemade guacamole and Boloco burritos.
Yesterday, upon hearing about the event, Daniela Hernandez ‘15 sent an email to Greek Letter Organizations and Societies, GLOS director Wes Schaub, Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership and the Panhellenic Council.
In the email, Hernandez raised concerns, including those about racial insensitivity.
The stupidity of this decision is so self-evident that everyone involved should be ashamed. Normally I take glee in exposing the College’s other-worldly nonsense, but in this case I’ll only say that I am ashamed, too. A quick Google search shows that Greek charity fundraisers using the name Phiesta have been going on for several years all over the country. The College is the only school where the slightly amusing pun of a name has caused controversy.
We are well on our way to becoming a national laughingstock. I can just see the Overheards now:
Student 1 at any university: “Man, the PC Police are out of control here.”
Student 2 at any university: “Chill, dude. At least we don’t go to Dartmouth.”
Student 1 at any university: “Uh, ya. They’re really phucked up.”
Addendum: The chirping support for Daniela Hernandez ‘15’s complaint by Dartmouth diversity bureaucrats like GLOS Director Wes Schaub and OPAL Director Alysson Satterlund shows once again that the College’s own employees are driving most of this nonsense.
Addendum: College Humor comments on The Social Consequences of Everything:
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