Around Halloween, the Chi Omega Nu Gamma sorority at Penn State held a "social" with an easy costume-theme. Fun and normal enough, right? Eh, not so much. Instead of, say, a toga party, or whatever it is kids in Greek life like, the sorority went with the old Mexican fiesta theme. All the members decided to wear ponchos, sombreros and mustaches, and two women held signs, one of which read "Will Mow Lawn for Weed + Beer" and the other "I Don't Cut Grass, I Smoke It." And now the fun costume party is officially a racist costume party.
Naturally, the photo was posted to Facebook, and the sorority members were tagged. Penn State's independent student blog, Onward State, tracked down some of the members.
Needless to say this isn't a great look for Penn State, a college which, as you may recall, is going through a rough year, PR-wise. Onward State's requests for comment were denied by Susan LeGalley, Penn State's Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority, who said her "office traditionally doesn't talk with reporters."
Jessica Riccardi, the president of the Nu Gamma chapter of Chi Omega, released a statement earlier today to The Daily Collegian:
"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."
As of now, the sorority hasn't been disciplined, although a suspension is reportedly imminent.