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Penn State sorority sisters denigrate Mexicans in party photo
Penn State's Chi Omega chapter apologized for this photo that was posted on Tumblr.
December 5th, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Penn State sorority sisters denigrate Mexicans in party photo

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) – Penn State has had its share of controversy for a while, but this week it is getting some more unwanted attention.

The university's Chi Omega sorority chapter is under investigation after a photo with Mexican stereotypes surfaced on a social media site.

It shows a group of sorority members dressed in ponchos and sombreros and wearing fake mustaches. One woman holds a sign that says: "Will mow lawn for weed + beer." Another sign says: "I don't cut grass. I smoke it."

The photograph was taken at a Mexican-themed party around Halloween, according to the independent college blog, Onward State. It was posted last week on Tumblr.

The university's Panhellenic Council said it had received concerns about the photo and that the council does not condone derogatory behavior from members.

"The Penn State Panhellenic Council recognizes the offensive nature of the photo and is therefore taking the matter very seriously," the executive board said in a statement.

"We are addressing the situation immediately with the members of the chapter in conjunction with their national headquarters," it said. "Our council and all its members strive to hold ourselves to a high standard and are disappointed by any failure to meet these expectations."

Jessica Riccardi, president of the Chi Omega chapter at Penn State, released an apology to The Daily Collegian newspaper.

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

The connections to the sorority were discovered through members' names tagged on Facebook, Onward State said. The posts have since been taken down.

Penn State public relations director Lisa Powers said that university officials have had conversations with Chi Omega members and that the women have expressed "deep remorse."

"The students in the photo are within their First Amendment rights to express themselves in this way, although we are certainly appalled that they would display this level of insensitivity and lack of judgment," Powers said.

"Because the right of free expression is guaranteed under the Constitution for both behaviors we disagree with or for those that we support we are approaching this as a teachable moment to engage this group of young women in discussions about their actions and to further educate them about diversity issues," she said.

Powers said the national leadership of Chi Omega will have to decide if disciplinary action is warranted.

A statement from Chi Omega headquarters said, "Personal degradation has no place in our organization, even if such behavior is meant facetiously or in jest. The Chi Omega national organization is taking this situation very seriously and is being thoughtful and deliberate regarding any sanctions or educational directives for the chapter."

At least one student at Penn State demanded a direct apology from Chi Omega to all Latinos.

"This is not a joke. This is our culture," said Ariel Coronel, president of the Penn State Latino Caucus.

She was shocked when she first saw the photo and said the signs the women were holding were especially offensive.

"There's a huge drug war going on in Mexico and you have a sign that says, 'We will mow lawns for weed and beer,' " Coronel said. "It's wrong on so many levels. How can you think this is OK?"

The reactions to the incident varied on Twitter. Here are two:

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  1. DrJStrangepork

    Your comment offends me.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. American

    The sorority should be applauded for doing and saying what most real Americans feel but are afraid to. You go girls!!!!

    December 6, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • ssprince1

      Racism.....inconsiderate and offensive.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
      • elbob248

        Then comment on a story about racism. Mexican is not a race.

        December 6, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Really

    Ahh yes. Now sorority girls must be politically correct. Liberals are nauseating.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • frontgate

      Typical wing-nut raciest statement.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
      • elbob248

        Ahhh, the raciest statement. The fastest statement in the land.

        December 6, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • crazeelegs

      Why must you label it as a "liberal" issue? Just like to get in your digs, huh? 60% of those who vote Dem, don't consider themselves as such. They don't use insulting terms when referring to Repub voters. The difference, I guess.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Allen

        Liberals don't use offensive terms when refering to Republicans? Are you serious? Really? Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally?

        December 6, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Alvin Cavanaugh

    I was under the mistaken idea that college was a form of HIGHER education, guess I was wrong!!

    December 6, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. vp

    There's another good reason Penn St is for sick people.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. NoGr8rH8r

    Really? Who cares?

    December 6, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      I do.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan

        I don't. I think its hilarious. Time for the majority in this country to start pushing back before its too late.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Colette

        Oops, too late.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Really?

        It's too late. The "majority" couldn't push the Dutch, German, Irish, Italians, etc...back. You would loose your "push". Embrace your new country men or get out of the way!

        December 6, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Vinnie

    They should have showed more respect, especially coming from an orfinization such as theirs! What is up with the signs? Were they really necessary in order to get their message of bigotry out in the open? They should all be thrown out of that sorority.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • ssprince1

      I agree....offensive and disrespectful....parents must be so proud! NOT!

      December 6, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Captain Real

    Future Stepford Wives. Who would want to hang with this bunch other than for a one night stand. Sadly enough, they will be in charge of something or someone in the future.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • frontgate

      very true

      December 6, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Yeah, who would want women who wear bras, bathe, shave their legs/arm pits, and wear something other than hippie skirts?

      December 6, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeA

      Yah what guy would want to be around young good looking women?

      December 6, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        Young, good looking women??? Northeastern sorority girls. Want to date one? Might as well stick your johnson in a CDC petri dish...

        December 6, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Raul

    Latinos does not equal Mexicans! The pic shows Mexican attire and mockery but not Latinos in general which are from all Latin America.

    The article tile should read Mexicans not Latinos.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
    • anonynous

      You guys call youself all kinds of names, There is no unification. Domincan, Latino, Hispanic etc.,

      December 6, 2012 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Really?

        Why would there be unification? Do all immigrants from Europe fall under one category??

        December 6, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
      • ????

        Actually, those names tells were they are coming from. Like Dominican means they come from The Dominican Republic, like you will say “But, I am an American citizen” while waiting in line at customs!

        December 6, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      You really think the standard typical racist American knows the difference between a Latino and a Mexican?

      This question is coming from a black man, who has witnessed Americans call Africa a country. Please don't put too much faith into the minds of these morons.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Allen

        Really, Paul? Because as far as I can tell, "Idiots be coming from all races, yo".

        December 6, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Nothing is offensive when it comes from trash...I just laugh it off! :D

      December 6, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      Rush, you are still on here jabbering. Get back on your talk show.

      December 6, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Foxtrot Delta

    Looks like kids being ignorant, but it strikes a nerve when those born with a head start in the game perpetrate such views.

    There are plenty of Hispanic service members that are not mowing lawns or smoking grass out here in Afghanistan.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
    • crazeelegs

      Agree wholeheartedly, FD. Thanks for your service-to ALL that serve our country.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        Maybe we should set these bimbos loose in Kabul, all decked out in mock belly-dancer costume...

        December 6, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. orlop

    I wonder how many of these girls do smoke weed. No doubt alcohol was being consumed.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • elbob248

      Congratulations for making the most obvious statement in history. Very helpful.

      December 6, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Stop with the haterade

    I think this article is blown way out of proportion. When people dress up as Jasmine, you don't see Indian people getting offended. It's like Halloween- You can dress how you want. They went to a Mexican themed party, so what. I'm sure you've all gone to a "White Trash" Themed party, thats pretty offensive. Not saying I'm white or anything, but I'm sure they didn't have any intentions on acting on how they dressed. So we should all take a step back, and relax. Because now this chapter is going to have to deal with unnecessary issues for just being in college.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      ditto

      December 6, 2012 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Doc

      You are obviously white based on your insensitive disposition. People like you repeatedly fail to empathize with minority groups. I'm black and a middle/upper class professional. There is no way on this earth I'd ever do something like dress up for a 'white trash' party, even when I was in college or grad school. The reason is I have respect for all races and religions.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. When Soon

    When will ALL the people of Color realize and understand that WHITE Privilege is solely responsible for this sort of behavior. The same behavior that is found at OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY when the fans go "BLACK FACE" and insist its not racist that its about school and team spirit. Yet, these same fans wear Afro wigs. WHITE people truly feel that they are justified in all their behavior when all they have to afterwards is make an empty apology to placate those they've offended.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
    • anonynous

      Why are black people dragged into every racist issue? I am not black but just laughing.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Doc

        The person above was simply citing what is called 'an example'. You're the one who transformed it into blacks being dragged into every racist issue.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Colette

    I am NORWEGIAN. No US White liberal guilt. Just embarassed that my mother was American during the "50's". A shameful era that apparently has not changed enough.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      Actually I am a lawyer, and my daughter is a professional in a multinational law firm. What do you have to be proud of?

      December 6, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • massms

      Colette

      Based on that ridiculous statement, shouldn't you be ashamed your Father was Norwegian because he's the same ethnicity as Breivik, your country's mass murder? Oh, I forgot, all Norwegians are perfect, no one there is biased.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. anonynous

    A few of the girls in the front row look mexican? Chill!

    December 6, 2012 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel Cabrera

      So if i looked Jewish and am not would it be open season on Jewish jokes? What if my eyes were slanted a bit and looked slightly Asian would i had a Open season pass on Asian jokes?

      December 6, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Doc

      Or you could say they look Puerto Rican, Dominican, Columbian, Jordanian or Italian. What freakin' difference does it make when the picture is obviously offensive (to those with baseline sensibilities).

      December 6, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  16. AC

    Sssshhhh! Don't make them aware – we were trying to surprise them! lol

    December 6, 2012 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  17. Tully

    Lighten up ppl

    December 6, 2012 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  18. SSE

    These young girls have shown that they are not smart enough to be in college, let alone a well-respected university like PSU. Has the level of learning deteriorated so much in American high-schools that they produce idiots like this and little more? Or did the PSU admissions department fail to vet these students properly? Stunning that these girls of privilege think they are intelligent when in fact, they have much to learn about the world.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
    • TruProgress

      Unfortunately it doesn't matter one bit that they know nothing about the world. They will have 6-figure jobs in daddy's company waiting for them at graduation.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Who are you kidding? You don't have a job, or if you do, you still don't pay taxes. My taxed dollars go towards your welfare, and the other 44 million "legals" on food stamps.

      December 6, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  19. W.G.

    Lets look at the truth , if Americans weren´t buying drugs then Mexican Drug Lords wouldn´t be in the Business !
    The Majority of Latinos don´t smoke pot . One way to prove this are the on the job requirements that force their employees
    to take on the job drug tests . It´s usually the upper crusts rich that do nkt hsave to take drug tests .

    December 6, 2012 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  20. FOOLS

    They should just keep it real by holding up signs like:

    "Will open legs for nose candy",

    "Will never make it in diverse society", and

    "we cheat on tests"

    December 6, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  21. Robert

    Ah yes, the old college Greek system of fraternities and sororities.
    For those students who are unable to choose their own values, their own friends and lovers, their own way in life, we have a traditional social network just for you.
    The only requirements?
    You much ache to be popular.
    You must only socialize with other greeks.
    You must never question the system.
    Publicly , you must portray virtue.
    Privately, you must exercise vice.
    ...

    Higher education's fly in the ointment.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      You and Rush ALSO had an affair??????

      December 6, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  22. The Death of The West

    Same culture that harbored a monster and a destroyer of children... Penn State... Sorority girls? Only the tip of the iceberg... And then they wonder and worry why the "Death of the West"... Arriba Penn State!!! Keep at it!!!

    December 6, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Penn State, the other white meat, *OINK, SNARF*.

      December 6, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  23. Colette

    You are so right......

    December 6, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  24. IndianaGreg

    Brace Yourselves....another Ruben Navarette Navel-Gazing Column is coming

    December 6, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • elbob248

      Yep, Neverright will be all over this one. I'm sure Soledad and nutball Jane Velez Mitchell have their overpaid panties in appropriately sized wads as well.

      December 6, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  25. Kevin

    Aren't we getting just a little to sensitive??

    December 6, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      Uh, no. Are you Latino?:

      December 6, 2012 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
      • usmc1999

        i'm irish, go ahead and say i'm a drunk or fight a lot (both are usually true anyway) you won't insult me. fact is, we are too sensitive anymore. frats and sororities do goofy things, that's what they are for aren't they? anyway, toughen up and stop being so wimpy and crying when someone pokes some harmless fun.

        December 6, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Colette

        the point is that it isn't harmless.

        December 6, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Colette

        No, too lazy to cut grass.

        December 6, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  26. government cheese

    Liberals. LOL

    December 6, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
    • crazeelegs

      Why blame "liberals"? You just love saying that word, huh? Make you feel so much more superior? lol

      December 6, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  27. DaPaPa

    How 'bout a sorority for San DIego St. take a photo wearing mullets and holding a tallcan. Then call it even.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      My daughter was in a sorority in San Diego. No problem being Black there, and respected by others. She would have left in a hot second if she wasnt/

      December 6, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  28. DJ

    So what?! Chill

    December 6, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      I suspect you are not Hispanic

      December 6, 2012 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  29. 0101101

    It shows a deep lack of respect for people of different backgrounds.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      es, I see this as opening the door to racist acts.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  30. This is a joke right?

    Also I'm gonna take a wild guess that the chickens who are bashing a bunch of 18-21 year old sorority girls are just upset. Probably for turned down by them. Same folks who hated every day at college because you know... Other people had friends. Smh

    December 6, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel Cabrera

      Having a "Mexican-themed party" and having everyone dressed in ponchos with big mustaches and sombreros is an attack on what they think a Mexican is. A culture is not a costume . You say you're Italian lets say we have an "Italian theme party" and everyone shows up looking like Mob-like figures, you would be OK with your Italian culture being portrayed as Mobsters ? Lets say they had a " Black Themed" party and everyone shows up wearing dark face paint what if they showed up in wife beaters and saggy pants with toy guns, You think that would be an accurate representation of the black race? What if they had an "Arab Theme" party, would it be an accurate representation of Arabs if they all showed up looking like terrorist? This was ignorant to do on all levels by an insensitive group of girls.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
      • GEdwards

        They probably should cancel the upcoming "Western theme party" then.

        Dressing up in cowboy boots and cowboy hats must therefore be an attack on what they think an American is.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Gabriel Cabrera

        WESTERN THEME is not a Race it's a group of people which includes the Spanish Indian Culture which is where Cowboys derive from . If they would have said "lets have a Siesta Theme Party " this picture would be accurate.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
      • GEdwards

        "WESTERN THEME is not a Race it's a group of people..."

        Mexico is not a race either. Sombreros and ponchos are mostly associated with Mexico. Just like cowboy hats and boots are mostly associated with the USA (hearken back to US Olympians walking into some opening ceremonies).

        Are you trying to claim that even saying, "I feel like Mexican tonight" should be considered racist?

        BTW, I disagree with accuracy if it was "siesta-themed." How does a sombrero and poncho represent siesta?

        December 6, 2012 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
      • crazeelegs

        Well stated, Gabriel. Best comment.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  31. Feedup

    This racist act was not perpetrated as innocent fun. These supposedly educated white people blatantly showed how they feel about latinos and all minorities.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. This is a joke right?

    Thank you to the Latinos who were smart enough to know this is a damn joke. To everyone else go sit and spin.

    As an Italian American I don't get insulted everyone give me a "how you doin?" Or people mock the jersey shore trash. It's. joke. We are all Americans. Enjoy life.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel Cabrera

      I do not think you'll find a smart educated Latino in this country to think this was a Joke. If it's such a joke who is the joke on?
      At who's expense are we suppose to laugh at ? Where is the joke?

      December 6, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
      • TJMEX

        Describe a smart educated latino please? They made a mistake and the media is taking out of proportion. Give them a chance. If you are mexican like me, yes they were insensitive but get over it and teach them that we are beyond this and please do not talk about smart educate, most of my fellow mexicans that are here illegaly might not be "educated" but damn their really smart and hard working.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  33. atteckus

    Good G-d, lighten up. Its some college girls, having fun. I wish they had made fun of me, instead. I'm a Jew. They could have all dressed like Hassidim, or bankers, or jewelers, or whatever. We've gotten so politically correct that we can't laugh at ourselves anymore. I guarantee you that not one single girl in that picture harbors any hate for latinos or Mexicans. Worry about it if they wear hoods, burn crosses in someone's yard and occasionally lynch someone. That's racism, not this.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • spb

      If they had the anti-defamation league would have been all over them.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      This is nauseating. My daughter was in a sorority, but they never stooped to such disgusting levels. My daughter was Black. Her sisters were primarily White. There was a mutual respect completely lacking here in this story. I think the sorority should shut down the chapter.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Lexington Steele Trumpert

        I'm sorry for your loss. She WAS black, she must have lost it when she died....?

        December 6, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Colette

        Lexigton (Knetunky)....need I say more?

        December 6, 2012 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Colette

        Got a response?

        December 6, 2012 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Colette

        Got a response? Work fixing cars out front of your house>

        December 6, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Colette

        Umm, my Black guy had his doctorate from Stanford University. I have no problems with White men and had boyfriends who were, but was very satisfied with my marriage to my husband.

        December 6, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      Yes, it funny. There is truth to the matter is why people get upset. There is a correction, they cut the grass but we smoke it.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel Cabrera

      Oh sure pick the educated fields to be portrayed as, haha. What if they all showed up with overgrown noses with a Yellow star on their jackets? would that be an accurate representation of the jewish race? It is an ignorant thing to do with any culture be it Jewish, Arab, Mexican, Asian. A culture is not a costume.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
    • bigpicture1

      You can't gaurantee anything, more than half of those girls hold racist and/or white supremicist views.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  34. randy

    Most of the gardeners I see are Mexican. Just like most of the criminals I see are black. Just like most of the people I see who complain about stupid things are white. Just like all islamists I see are terrorists. Just like all southerners drink moonshine and rape themselves.

    I don't know where I'm going with this... something about Obama's fault.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  35. snookums

    What's with the random Asian girl at the far left? She should be wearing a ninja or karate outfit, right? Maybe she's the one who prepares the rice for them in her wok. That and possibly the only one good at math. She love them long time while doing a fan dance in her kimono and catching flies with her chopsticks. Oh I know, she got in because of her affiliation with the Yakuza.

    And so on...

    December 6, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • jj

      Yes, and the white girls should dress like in dirndls, or some other anglo get-up. What's your point...

      December 6, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Colette

        Maybe they should dress up as dumb blonds......oh, they are.

        December 6, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  36. Rick

    This will be as soon forgotten as the hate speech at the U of Mississippi. Whatever "appropriate actions" did Ole Miss take, I wonder. Would CNN care to investigate?

    December 6, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  37. Rob

    Maybe this insensitive display of the women of Penn State is why the men of Penn State are into little boys?!?!

    December 6, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  38. Bob

    I find it shameful that there are supposed Mexicans condoning this. It's even more sad that nearly 60 years after the civil rights movement accomplished so much awareness in this nation that ignorance is still never too far to be found. I doubt this was intentionally hateful, but it was definitely hurtful.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • bigpicture1

      Makes me wonder if this group has a written, or unspoken prohibition of certain minorities being members. The Asians were probably invited to be tutors...

      December 6, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  39. Cynthia

    Theme parties are fun.
    The statements on those boards? Not so much.

    Are these statements true about:
    The general Mexican population? No.
    The general college population? Yes.
    Used to inappropriately represent your College? Yes
    Mexican-American Grad student.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  40. It's a two-way street

    In bad taste? Yes. Ill advised? Yes. Discipline? No way. The First Amendment rules.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      Yeah, but quit the damn sorority. And shame it.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel Cabrera

      This would be a good argument for first amendment rights. Unfortunately Penn State would not stand for bigotry in their Sororities or Frats

      December 6, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  41. Cheech & Chong

    Totally offensive on so many levels. Way to go Penn State, more like PennDEJOS!

    December 6, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Lexington Steele Trumpert

      yup yup!

      December 6, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  42. Jessica

    True – we all need to calm down and not lose our minds over every little thing. However, this is pretty nasty. These women have enough money to pay dues/chapter fees at a sorority on top of tuition. And then they mock the immigrant who has to do yard work to make ends meet. And post it. Ann Coulter would be proud. Way to keep it classy, Chi O's.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  43. latino guy

    why is this even racist? i'm Latino and this isn't racist. Mexican isn't a race "except 10% true natives", on top of that if this was Halloween no one would care.....

    is the media so bored that they have to have the thinnest skin in the world and post a story like this...... lets get angry at kids dressing up like cops while we are at it with mustaches as insensitive....

    December 6, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel Cabrera

      Obviously you dress like this and maybe cut grass for a living this hits home for you.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • bigpicture1

      Does every Latino you know smoke weed? Is every Latino you know a migrant worker or day laborer? These stereotypes are what made it easy to deny jobs and education to minorities for years. You are obviously so above your relatives that you don't mind them being ridiculed by dingbats who have never struggled for a thing. But I will not single out Penn State for this...thousands of colleges get away with similar incidents every year...

      December 6, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  44. Mexican for life.

    I don't get every little thing being racist. We, all of us, need to laugh and joke some.......it is shameful we have such a thin skin.....stereo types have some truth....we are all different. I am Mexican (black from the waist down–funny another stereotype :).

    December 6, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • 0101101

      It's a shame you don't find this disrespectful.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Colette

        I agree

        December 6, 2012 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  45. AngelSr

    Let's paint them all black put some gold chains on them and have them hold signs up saying "Will rap for crack" . Would that be racial ??? Would it be funny ??? Would it be just a joke ??? Dress them all as Jews and hold a sign up saying " Will work for bagels " racial yet ?

    December 6, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I think all of those things would be funny. I say grow a backbone and learn to take a little good-natured ribbing. But of course you can't because you are sooo serious!

      December 6, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
      • bigpicture1

        Well how about we portray all older white men as pedophiles...Sandusky – Catholic priests...If people looked at you that way, how funny would that be? I'm sure you'd smile, while being called a pedophile....

        December 6, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  46. Solar

    Nothing racial about this at all. No different than a party mocking Italians with everyone dressed as gangsters. Besides, Mexicans are not their own race last time I checked.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  47. craig

    To the Twitter comment by Greg Woll I would offer this:

    It is one thing to inadvertently offend someone, using a term or perhaps making an offhand comment that in hindsight can be seen as a failed attempt at humor that turned out otherwise. In this case, however, the photograph, particularly the signs, was not a casual "let's take a picture" situation. I doubt anyone would have been significantly offended had the group simply taken a picture, and although the dress might be a bit stereotypical and in poor taste, I suspect there wouldn't have been much outrage. The signs weren't something somebody's "casual, offhand remark."

    We do, indeed, sometimes worry too much about being PC, but these young ladies spent some time intending to denigrate others, and therein is the difference. A thicker skin might shed more comments, but it won't protect you from someone with a knife!

    December 6, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  48. brown

    Penn State is shaping and molding the next generation of well rounded bigots! Shameful.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  49. mike

    1) Anything not involving pedophiles is an improvement at Penn State
    2) Insensitive – yes but get over it. Doesn't belong in national news it isn't like they are doing hate crime...

    December 6, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      No, just insulting their students.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  50. Frank

    Come on, it's not a racial thing. Who was it, starting complaining? Almost sure, it was not a Mexican.
    Lawyer or overly concerned parent? We have gotten way to oversensitive.
    By the way – isn't the term "Latino" by itself racial???

    December 6, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  51. joe

    Oh... my... god... CNN. Stop perpetrating this PC hype.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      OMG, just stop spraying your tan!!

      December 6, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  52. wanfuforever

    Dumb, but people being dumb is allowable. Kill the PC witch hunt and understand histrionics over this are not going to help.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  53. AaronLong

    “Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes"

    Maybe inappropriate, but untrue, no way! People need to lighten up and have a sense of humor, people takes stuff too serious this day. Not everything is racist comment, sometimes people like to joke around.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      tell me a bit about you so that I can joke around. Race? Gender? Penis size? Educational background? Nope, don't think I will do that, but suggest you respond to my questions.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel Cabrera

      Joke Around and portray a culture ? What is the Joke? What do mexican need to laugh at when they see this? I have yet to see a joke out of this please enlighten me .

      December 6, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  54. Alisson lee

    Hilarious. More people should do this.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      Send me a pic. I will be happy to comly.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  55. steve

    Offensive. I don't know. . I do however. think the ladies are brainless idiots.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  56. blizake

    This is just ridiculous. Our society has become so sensitive it is insane. Posting this photo is horribly offensive, yet politically threatening to deport the depicted culture back to a third world nation riddled with violence, due to the drug war we have created, is okay. Screw this.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      Your race, your history? I am Norwegian, and probably as White as you....and have a Jewish heritage too. I am not thin skinned about this, just insulted.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  57. Johnny

    LOL at this sorority trying to project itself as a philanthropic organization. It's a group of elitist girls spending mommy and daddy's money to band together with drinking buddies.

    Also some of those girls look better with the mustache.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  58. Taylor20

    Is CNN seriously putting this in headline US news... They used to be a respectable news agency, but all they want now days is to create a controversy to draw ratings. They know that Penn State has a target on them for all that's gone on there and they're taking full advantage of it. Leave this crap to the school new paper and report something that matter. I'm glad to see that people are not taking drunk sorority girls seriously.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  59. dou44

    After the Paterno cover-up, Penn State continues to be shown to be a waste of money as a school.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • doogie

      What does this photo have to do with what Penn St. offers in education?

      December 6, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  60. Martin Diaz

    I am latino and do not find this offensive. I think people need to stop being so sensitive over every little comment or picture that is posted online these days. These are simply young girls having a good time. America stop over analylizing things relax a little. That goes for my race and other minority that feels exploited!

    December 6, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Thank you Martin for seeing it as it is. You obviously have a good portion of humor.
      The world needs more people like you, who can think for themselves and build their own,
      independent opinion about things.

      December 6, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  61. Julio

    Where's the censorship here? it's in the Spanish!!!!

    December 6, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  62. Tigerflower AGD

    Greek houses work very hard to attract members who exemplify the best of their respective student populations. This sort of behavior certainly isn't representative of a group worthy of leading by example. it reinforces negative stereotypes perpetuated by the media about sororities and frats. I hope the national organization comes down hard on those who participated.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Solar

      You are an example of what is wrong with our society.

      December 6, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  63. Journey

    When Marco Rubio gets the nod in 2016 (and Presidency) Oprah and Ellen are going to have a lot of explaining to do. The Obama Administration deals more race cards and stereotypes than these bimbos. Romney closed the gap up by 5%...freedom is 5% closer. People who love freedom need to stand their ground on the debt ceiling and Obamacare.

    Rubio / Ryan 2016!

    December 6, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Julio

      lol. you'll continue to lose, you're all on the way out. Get a clue.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  64. Elliot

    Ugh you have freedom of speech you dumbos but you do not have freedom from consequences afterward.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  65. eville11

    the next weekend is the mocking Nazi party... and the week after is mocking Asian party, a couple in the picture won't be to amused, but it freakin University... people. Beer, weed, party, and stupid stuff you would rather forget happen every weekend. No Latinos or chiildren were harmed at this party, should be the caption.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • dou44

      All I see in the photo are white, immature children.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
      • eville11

        the first on left and the fourth bottom row might not be all so white. Immature, probably.

        December 6, 2012 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  66. Julio

    I take no offense to this. The truly funny thing here is one or more of these girls will have a Mexican husband or boyfriend once in their life maybe not them but maybe their un-aborted child. Life is funny that way, asked my blond hair blue eyed wife! she hated Mexicans and lookie lookie now. She loves me and our beautiful son.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      un aborted child? What's wrong with you?

      December 6, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Julio

        Well, that's what most of the white girls did at my school and now all I hear is what they did was bad for their race and child. get over it white girls do abort more often and I happen to think it's because of selfishness. nothing wrong with me.

        December 6, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  67. American1992

    PENN-dejas

    December 6, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Julio

      nice come on :)

      December 6, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  68. Elliot

    Kick XO off campus immediately or I will not give another dime (and I have donated each of my last 17 years since graduation). There looks to be NO actual education going on at Penn State anymore. I need a refund on my tuition.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  69. Marco Lebron

    Send them all to Mexico with their infamous pic here and see if the cartels agree with them. Or better yet, to the inner city – Mexico City, to spend a summer with the population... give them internships there and let them EARN their rent money and food to see if it's still funny towards the end. Cartels after to see just how funny it all REALLY is. Keep me posted.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  70. Chris

    Wow Penn State just cant catch a break here. I feel sorry for those who try to run a respectable school program, the professors are going to suffer since more and more potential students will attend other schools. No one wants to be associated with a rape and racists supportive school. Sorry but when you mention your Penn State degree , a conversation of racisms and rape will come out 99% percent of the time lol

    December 6, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  71. mrjessehtown

    "We pay more for it than y'all do so what the hell"..............

    Whitie

    December 6, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  72. Journey

    Rubio/Ryan 2016...faith, family, freedom.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      might want to add something about the economy in there.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  73. trueAmerican

    Boy you are as clueless as obama. A latino shows more respect and pride to the american flag than a white folk ever will. I saw a mexican picking up an american flag from a pile of trash on the side of the road. He folded it and took it with him. Many white folks pass thru the street because its a country club. So dont go around spreading your bs about mexicans burning flags when they will show more respect for the american flag than you ever will.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  74. eville11

    Pass the tequila, guaranteed hit that, maybe twice, at that party.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Julio

      only 2 times? you;re no Latin lover, I'd hit them ALL, 100% pregos... I can't miss!!!!!

      December 6, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  75. Melody

    I'm Mexican and this doesn't offend me. Yea it's stupid , but it's not like they wrote "Go back to Mexico!" I think the media just really hates Penn State right now and anything that makes them look bad WILL be talked about.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  76. PRISCILLA BORGES

    Shame on you guy, many of you look like immigrants, for sure you are. Everyone in this country have a chance to get and do what they want. So you, will you be proud of yourselves after this photo? Would you be proud to hold up your diploma after this photo? SHAME ON YOU.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  77. trueAmerican

    Talk about being hypocrites. Why are cartels rich? Because these hypocrites buy marijuana and other drugs sold by cartels. Mexicans are not potheads. The flow of drugs is northward. i hate to say it but americans are the potheads. Legalized in two states already. The real potheads are in america not mexico. These dumb airheads dont even know how to be racists. Their mocking themselves when they say potheads. Hypocracy at its best here folks.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  78. Nick

    Arguments I'm seeing here defending these girls:

    "I'm white and don't know what it's like to experienced racism, but those minorities should just lighten up."

    "Racism sort of sounds like race and Mexicans are an ethnic group so it can't be racism."

    "As a Mexican/Hispanic person, I speak for all Mexican and Hispanic people so none of us were offended."

    December 6, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • GEdwards

      Interesting post, considering....
      – Most hispanics are white.
      – Mexican is neither a race nor an ethnicity. It's a nationality.
      – Those of Mexican heritage who AREN'T offended speak as much for everyone of Mexican decent, as those who ARE offended. The latter shouldn't trump the former, which proves the former's point that this should not be an issue.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan

        Lets ask Cheech and Chong if they find this offensive.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Jim

        Thank you for actually having a brain and being honest.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Sarah

    Oh noes, college kids did something the left-wing Politically Correct goon squad are offended by. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    December 6, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Deb Sorgel

      I shudder to think that your lack of sensitivity and cultural awareness is representative of your generation. Mine and the one before always said, "Yes, our generation is prejudiced, but the next generation will be better." You are proof that we were wrong.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Raul

    BTW: my gardener is mexican. My maid is from el salvador. And all the people who work at my local McDonalds/Car Wash and fast food restaurant are Mexican/Latinos.

    You want to know what are facts? 80% of all Latinos/as older than 25 in the US don't have a college degree. So instead of disparaging these girls, why don't you ask your own race why they don't want to rise above this. Actions speak louder than words.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Melody

      What a gross and ignorant statement. You don't know THEIR lives. What if they don't have a chance to better themselves because they are immigrants? Yea maybe some of them can't better themselves and don't. That doesn't mean ALL latinos are this way. There are plenty of people I've seen with high paying careers that are latino. /:

      December 6, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Congratulations. You have just won the award for the dumbest post of the week.
      Seems like you gardener, your maid and all those little people are working. Their kids will be going to college. And your kids will be washing their cars.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • TJMEX

      What's wrong of being a gardner or a maid? is it a problem not having a degree? If you are willing to pay $30/hr and give 40 hours a week, believe me, you will have a lot of people with college degree outside your house.Ok, you want to give me the job, it will be at $80/hr and minimum of 20 hours a week.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • T~

      I would just like to say that I am Mexican and over the age of 25 and will be getting a degree in Criminal Justice. As well, my Sister has a Master's Degree...
      Most of the people that I know, have degrees, or are in school pursuing a degree. Our "actions" are "speaking louder than words!"

      December 6, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  81. joe

    extremely poor taste, ladies

    December 6, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  82. mrjessehtown

    Like I said " MUST BE IN THE WATER" .....Way to go Penn State... Way to follow up Sandumski!!! Lmfao...

    December 6, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • gaggedinusa

      i see diversity classes in your future.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
      • gaggedinusa

        sorry. i didn't mean to reply to yours. i was just making a statement.

        December 6, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  83. PaulieJ

    America ... land of the sometimes free, home of the offended.
    Get over it people. You know what is offensive? Truly offensive? Is people trying to cram (debatable) popular opinion (or what the media thinks should be popular opinion) down everyone's throat as if it's against the law to have an opinion that you simply don't like somebody, or some group.
    GET OVER YOURSELVES AND GROW SOME STONES!
    You know what freedom is? It's not living in a place where you will never hear a word that offends you. It means you live in a place where you can hear someone else's opinion, be they a neighbor/fellow civilian, boss, law enforcement, armed forces or politicians, and can freely speak your mind in return.
    Is the image stereotypical? Sure. Do you honestly think the sorority despises Latinos instead of simply thinking they were being funny? I hope not but hey, that's what the media wants you to think so I'm sure some of you do.
    We'll never get past our race relations issues until we can stop simply being offended for no reason and also tell the media to STFU. No ... not to stop reporting news of real racially motivated crimes but for making mountains (so called news) out of mole hills because drama crap like this is what sells, regardless of the lingering damage it helps perpetuate.
    The problems are going to disappear if we ignore them but, they also aren't going to go away do to over sensitivity.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Congratulations. You managed to use the word opinion three times in the same sentence. Your English teachers must be proud.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      You said it Paulie! I'm sure you will be shot down by the PC crowd, but you do speak the truth!!

      December 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Anthony

    I can't believe some of you don't find this as offensive. What if they were all dressed up in "Black Face" Holding signs that said "Will Work For Watermelon and Chicken" or "Food Stamps for Crack 50 Cents on the Dollar". Would it be offensive then?

    December 6, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • YouHaveIssues

      You sound like a racist who is addressing your comments to black people while using racist stereotypes. Why?
      there are no blacks in the photos and no identifiable blacks making comments here. When are you white people
      going to get it? Stop hating, discriminating, mistreating, denigrating and abusing other people for racial reasons?
      Your comments are the same as the comments in the photo....stupid.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • deshawn J.

      Quit trying to be the morality police. I think people get off on trying to scold someone. Get a life, it was a bad joke, not a hate crime you fools.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Colette

        It was offensive and unacceptable and I hope the girls get dumped from their sorority.

        December 6, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I would have the same reaction. I wouldn't be offended. People need to get over themselves and stop spending their days trying to find things to be offended about. 7 billion people...pretty sure you can'd do a single thing in your day that won't offend someone on this planet. Go for it. Black face, mexican stereotypes, muslim jokes, jewish jokes, whatever. They're just words and only offensive to those who allow themselves (or want themselves) to be offended. TS

      December 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb Sorgel

      Not to these white boys and girls it wouldn't. They will just say the victims are "too sensitive."
      But that is from some whose sensitivity baseline is 0. But perhaps we could have a Teabagger Christian theme party....I can think of a dozen signs for that one. Or how about a Blond Bimbo party, Or how about a ChiOmega theme party....but the guest list would be so restricted.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Mac

    Pennsylvania is nothing but Pittsburgh on one side, Philadelphia on the other and Alabama in the middle ...

    December 6, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      The thing is most of those girls are from either Philly or Pittsburgh.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • carnivore3456

      Philly is one of the most segregated cities in the country. Much more so than Birmingham, Al.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  86. alan

    Can't having fun sometimes just be having fun? Ther are stereotypes of all races, look at the white craker on Family Guy should all Caucasians be offended ? I laugh at it as part of what makes our world interesting, the difference can be celebrated and enjoyed if we could just learn to find humor instead of offence we all might get along a little better.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  87. chad

    I guess over time things like this happens all the time so you just Try to laugh it off but we all know the meaning even if we say we don't.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  88. tarmasea

    I am hispanic, and I am not offended..,it is silly though, a sense of telling everyone not knowing Mexico,., let's send these bunch of nice girls to Mexico to really know Mexicans the way they should., maybe not all but the ones with the cardboards.., before I went there I had wrong ideas of how they were..,trust me if you think the food is like taco bell in every corner.., you will be surprise., but I think also making this a big deal is wrong..

    December 6, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • mugzee44

      YUP! Introduce these girls to the pimps that are in Tijuana. They'll teach them the finer points of respect!

      December 6, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  89. marty ariza

    I'm Mexican and this does not bother me. We all just remember the negative aspects of different ethnic groups, this is just another case. Would it be the same if I said that most of those girls have had at least one abortion before?

    December 6, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Vietvet

      It offends me and I am not Mexican. But, I have Mexican American friends.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  90. Me

    I'm Hispanic. Everyone's always looking to see who's offending who, it doesn't bother me one bit and it's all in good fun. All these comedians that can get up and talk about different races and people laugh at it, no one gets offended and if you had a problem with it you wouldn't be there. If you don't like it, move on because anyone out there that says that they don't laugh when someone makes a joking remark about another race is lying. It's a joke and if that's howthose girls in the picture really feel or don't, we'll never know. It's not changing how I go about my day.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  91. al

    oh what the hell!! looks like a great party. Get a grip.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  92. Raisindetere

    @Journey... Yu are SO fulluvit you leave a wet brown trail behind you. Republicans have xploited latinos for generations n paid the price in 2012 and will again in 14 and 16 you idjit. Something like 80/20 voted in favor of Pres Obama who BTB will be the first Prez to achieve comprehensive immigration reform despite you and Fox and Rush and the RNC.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  93. Phil

    What I want to know is why CNN thought this was important enough to make the front page of their website. I would think there are more important things to report on.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Correction: the main page of the U.S. news

      December 6, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • marty ariza

      $$$$ that's why. More people like us clicked on the link.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  94. Illeagle-j1

    The parents of these young ladies must be so proud. I am sure that they will forever post this picture to commemorate the thousands of dollars they wasted on their daughters education. As for the young ladies, I do not know what their majors are, but good luck in finding a job after graduation, with this posting, in your backgrounds.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  95. DocWoz

    The truly sad thing here, aside from the cheap ethnocentric racism, is that these coddled sorority girls are wasting their parents' money and pretending to get an education. It is pretty clear from the photo they have wasted their parents hard earned cash! Hope Mommy and Daddy are proud of your exploits in Happy Valley! Maybe a field trip to the Sierra Madre Orientale would do you all some good. Pendejas!

    December 6, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  96. UScitizen

    "This is not a joke. This is our culture" Speaking English in this country is part of American culture yet plenty of latinos seem to forget that. Many do not even bother to assimilate into our culture....and it is rude and intolerant.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Brent Slensker

      I see rude and intolerant right there...go to H3ll.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • marty ariza

      Look up the official language of the US States Of America. I myself am working on my third language, Deutsch :) . I would love it if my USA would make it a habit to learn more than just English.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      Why is speaking English mandatory? My father, the Norwegian, learned French, German, Dutch, as part of his education in public schools. We think that English is a magic language?

      December 6, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Colette

      Your culture.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Deb Sorgel

      You speak any other languages? If you can make one sentence from your high school language class I would be surprised.
      So, better stay in English speaking countries, if you go somewhere else, they will think you are rude for not speaking their language.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Venise

    Some of you reallllyyy need to get out of Central PA sometime soon. No matter if it was done in jest or not, it's offensive and rude to a certain group of people. No sorority should be offensive to anybody, they should be trying to enrich the community and their school. Bunch of ignorant little girls.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • UScitizen

      Living in this country and not even bothering to speak English is rude.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Brent Slensker

        Actually, pretending to be the Language Police is rude, ignorant AND racist.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
      • YouHaveIssues

        Thinking all Mexicans don't speak English is ride and racist...idiot!

        December 6, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
      • YouHaveIssues

        Thinking all Mexicans don't speak English is rude and racist...idiot!

        December 6, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  98. SkyKing169

    Good God, get a life!
    It is silly party fun.
    Only those who want to be offended are.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Brent Slensker

      "It is silly party fun."...Ummm no, you're WRONG.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  99. Lou

    """Penn St in Spotlight Again with Sorority Photos Mocking Latinos"""
    I was unaware that Latinos, or anyone else in this nation, were granted special rights which elevated them to the privileged status of The Ones Who Can Never Be Mocked.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  100. Mike B

    You know, I wonder if this would have caused an uproar if these young ladies were dressed up as leprechauns and had signs saying they'd trade their pot of gold for beer. After all, the Irish have a history in the U.S. of being discriminated against (although not for a very long time). Also, this is not racism as Mexican is not a race, it's an ethnicity.

    Prejudice and bigotry is disgusting. I see a whole lot more of that in these comments than I did in that picture. But I forget, only certain groups get to be offended in this counry.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      ethnicitism? Seriously? So there was never racism against the Irish either. Or are Leprechauns a separate race from the Irish?

      December 6, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
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