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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. thundercat 22

    It's no more than going to see a black stand up comedian and he's talking about white people.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Leaky Little Boat

      Pointing out another's flaws does not improve yours.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Leaky Little Boat

        I would point out the flaws in your statement, but why bother.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bmesc

    I live among many Mexican Americans, and, yes, many do work in low paying, entry level jobs like many new immigrants to this country do. I've hired many to do work for me on my property and none have displayed any of the negative stereotypes these clueless "college" girls apparently think are so common. To me they have been nothing but good, honest, hardworking people who are devoted to their family. Working hard to perhaps send their children to college someday and have a better life than they had. I doubt they will be sending them to this college, though.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. liquid4012

    Oddly, they were all high and drunk at the time the photo was taken.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mona

      I think the signs are about them

      December 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D. Stocker

    Apparently people don't know about racial humor. When Dave Chappelle or Daniel Tosh do it, its has people dying of laughter, but when these girls do it, its "shame on you". Really? Such double standard. It is all about context people.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Leaky Little Boat

      This is bigotry not racial humor.

      There is not race called "Mexican"

      December 6, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Leaky Little Boat

        Mine was the Mayflower.

        And sorry but I am staying.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hispanic_inDC

      Dave and Tosh ARE comedians and you know nothing good will come out of there mouth. While i agree the picture is NOT racist, it is in very poor taste. You FAIL to see the point because you are not hispanic and it does not touch anything near and dear to you.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fatherheathen

    Penn State students have no class, first they rioted because they thought a silly sport was more important than the fact that innocent children were victimized, and now this.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. sharpnickelz

    Apparently people don't know about racial humor. When Dave Chappelle or Daniel Tosh do it, its has people dying of laughter, but when these girls do it, its "shame on you". Really? Such double standard. It is all about context people.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • jt88

      We know Dave Chapelle and Tosh are comedians. We don't know anything about the girls' intentions. If your uncle insulted your mom, you wouldn't take it too seriously. If I (or any other stranger) insulted your mom, you would be offended. Unless of course, you don't mind your mom being called offensive things... or care about your mom at all.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • sharpnickelz

        This is a strawman. It wasn't a personal attack on an individual, but a referendum on well known stereotypes that not only comedians poke fun at. These stereotypes are ingrained into popular culture. If someone personally insulted my mother, of course I'd be angry, but this is so obviously NOT a personal attack on anyone.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • jt88

      Calling "Mexicans lazy" is much of a personal offense as me calling "all moms of the people called sharpnickelz are stupid". What I'm arguing here (like you) is context. The comedians get a pass for being comedians. The sorority girls don't get a pass because nothing is known about them, but their signs are disturbing in the public sphere which they themselves posted on the internet. Your hypothetical uncle, being a relative, gets a pass because you know each other's humor or aggression. Me and other strangers wouldn't get a pass at an offensive joke to your mom because there's no context or familiarity; or background on my dark humor. You or anyone would be offended at me.

      My apologies for the strawman, but it's the only way I can quickly describe context in here.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Beezbo

    Look out! ... here come the PC police!

    How does a story like this make the national news? Get over it.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • EK

      Couldn't agree more!

      December 6, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. CaliJetsFan

    Shoot...what did you expect...a school that turns the cheek on perverts...now they can add racism to their repertoire.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Gator

      "It shows a group of sorority members dressed in ponchos and sombreros and wearing fake mustaches."
      Now hold on there cowboy, just maybe them mustaches aint fake.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
      • EL MEXICANO

        HA!! I get it, das a good one.....tee hee :)

        December 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      It wasn't the students that turn their cheek, it was the morans that run it. Why blame them when they had nothing, nothing at all to do with it.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. geronimo2288

    You have got to be kidding me?!?!? Where does it end, how can people be so sensitive as to get offended by a bunch of college girls having fun! Is this even really national news worthy? Next Halloween I'm gonna go out and take a picture of all the kids dressed up as pirates, then gather up a bunch of real pirates to cause a fuss about the kids being racist and stereotyping them. GET OVER IT, they didn't do anything out of hate or racism, it was done in good fun and perhaps naivety, but when you KNOW these girls didnt plan to hurt or offend people, why must they be turned into a spectacle over something so trivial?!?!?!?

    December 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • geronimo2288

      just to clarify.... i realize Pirate is not a race ><

      December 6, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
      • InFormed

        Neither is 'Mexican'.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaky Little Boat

      It ends when insensitive people become sensitive.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Leaky Little Boat

        Ex post facto.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christina

      If it offends people, it does matter. Even if some Mexicans or hispanics aren't offended, it offends some so why do it? For fun? I can think of plenty party themes that would still be fun but not offend a group of people. Parties like this are perpetuating stereotypes, and having those stereotypes in the back of their minds makes these kids less ready for the real world (where they will encounter all kinds of people and often have to work with all kinds of people). As a 22 year old, I would hope these kids are old enough to find a better source of fun than offending people.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. realrightrepublican

    Let's get one thing straight. The ONLY offensive part of that whole picture were the two signs. That's it. The dressing up is not offensive at all. It's called a themed party. Grow up. Those who are offended about anything but the signs need to build a damn bridge and get over it.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Rufus D.

      I agree. The two signs were in bad taste since they perpetuate the negative stereotype of Mexicans. BUT, the dressing up in Sombreros and ponchos for a Halloween themed party is well within limits. If Mexican's have no problem with selling their cultural clothing at every Mexican airport, resort, or other tourist attraction, they shouldn't get offended by people who wear them from time to time.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Leaky Little Boat

    Bigots is the term you are searching for, since this plays on stereotypes of one nation made up of many races, including mixed races.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ed

    I know Mexicans and other Latinos who would find this to be funny and chalk it up to young college kids being silly. Some people seriously need to lighten up. Wow.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ypres1917

    How cliche'. Really?
    Chi Os should dispense with the attempts to be clever and just walk around in bikinis.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. roy

    Just shows the bigotry of the upper classes , but that's ok . Lest the Hispanic community doesn't condone the rapeing of children as went on and was covered up by this school . You don't need to dress up , you girls are the joke

    December 6, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Ypres1917

      Roy thinks that only the "upper class" goes to a state school? Haha. From someone who probably dropped out of the local community college to pursue a career in 'security', public state university students must seem like the 'upper class'. We get it Roy.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Audiowa

    Obviously anyone not offended by this is white. It's not our position as white people to tell other races and cultures what they can and can't be offended by.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Nope, it's just their position to lord it over us and make us grovel whenever their feelings are hurt.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • tacc2

      They can be offended all they want. However, I think it's stupid to be so and I don't care that they are.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. Desert1

    Its getting to the point that the farther we remove ourselves from racism the more some people call us back by playing the race card,zalant you and myself just have to keep shouting from the rooftops.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  17. Mona

    People need to look closely at the girls. The girl way over on the left is Asian and there are at least to Latina chicks in the photo. Poor taste- maybe racists or trying to be hateful-no.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  18. macthek9

    Big whoop! All races of people make generalized fun at everyone. It's not a big deal. Who cares!

    I'm sure all of the chicks have helped the mexican economy...spending their parents' hard earned money on Tequila and corona while on their Cozumel spring breaks...

    December 6, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  19. stoopkid

    do latin's mow lawns? yes. do they drink beer? yes. do they smoke weed? yes.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • macthek9

      Do bigots call all latin's Mexicans? yes.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Davidpants

        Not all Mexicans have any ties to being Latino at all (ex. people with Mayan ancestry not Spanish heritage). However, if they are from Mexico, Mexicans would be accurate unless you're speaking with someone from Spain. I don't know when people got the idea that Mexicans was a bad word. Do you say, "Let's go eat at the new Latino place?" Most people would say, "Let's got eat Mexican food."

        December 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus S

      Well I am latin american and to answer to your questions:

      Do I mow lawns? No
      Do I drink beer? No
      Do I smoke weed? No

      So why should I not be offended if people are being insulting?

      December 6, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
      • local

        Get a life dude....there are a lot of worse things going on this world......How about that dictatorship you ran away from. Maybe you should leave and come back to this country legally.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamaar

      Do all mexicans cut grass? no Do all mexicans drink beer? no Do all mexicans smoke weed? no

      December 6, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
      • local

        and no where did it say that..........your moronic mind just assumed that as a insinuation.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Does stoopkid know the difference between plural and possessive? No. Does he know that the correct term is not latins? No. Is he generally a moron? YES.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Frstrm33

    Guess i better not post the pic of me and my girlfriend at a meixcan restuarant in mexico with sombreros on because people might be offended. I liked America more when people didnt have to worry about political correctness.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  21. Robbie Southerland

    Who cares if someone was "offended"? This PC crap is going way too far. Before long we won't be able to step out of our homes without "offending" someone or group. Just the fact that there are a lot of people that actually think this is news is pretty disturbing to me. Get a grip. Looks like it was probably a great party. smh

    December 6, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      That Robbie Southerland guy is always begging off his pals, never helps anyone and has no girlfriends?

      Offended?

      December 6, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Robbie Southerland

        Oh man, I feel as though i have been victimized...HELP! lol

        December 6, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      "Before long" arrived a long time ago.

      Now you know a bit about what living in the USSR used to be like

      December 6, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  22. Fred

    I agree, I have watched top comedians of COLOR who trash and stereo type white people and no one says a thing about them. Let someone who is not of color show, say or act out anything and they are called racist.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  23. zalant

    I'm guess I'm just not sure why the united people of Mexico are claiming ownership of the sentiments expressed on the signs. I've known plenty of plain ol' white-boy teenagers who would proudly hold up those very same signs and mean every word.

    Also, I'm gonna shout it from the rooftops until my lungs give out, but I'm very tired of the term 'racism' being used when people make fun of people from other countries. People! Being from another country doesn't make you automatically a member of another race. What if they were making fun of people from Argentina or France? What if they all wore berets and were holding signs that say 'we use perfume so we don't have to bathe as often!'? Would that be racist toward the people of France? I doubt anyone would use the word racism in that case.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  24. JC

    I'm of Mexican descent. Except for the signs, I think it's hilarious, especially because in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo isn't as big a deal as American's make out of it. The signs are amusing for a different reason, and it doesn't have anything to do with Mexican-Americans; it has everything to do with how little the eastern states understand what goes on in the rest of the country. In California, agriculture is everything; in a single year, the value of the crops produced and sold exceeds all the precious metals ever taken out of the ground here. Our economy here in California is bigger than all but about six nations on earth, and it's based on agriculture. Thousands of Mexicans and others work in the fields and make it all possible. Could you work 12 hours or more in the fields? I'm betting these girls couldn't make it past four, and I find that the most hilarious thing of all.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  25. jt88

    It's called context.
    Let's try this: at your next wedding event, I want you to make a toast how black people are all lazy and on welfare.
    Or better yet, make a racist speech at a corporate event in a room full of *strangers* – not your friends. You can even start out with a disclaimer that it's a joke.

    The difference here is that the comedians you see are *known* to be comedians. But even some of them go too far (Kramer from Seinfeld at a stand-up years ago). We don't know anything about those girls or you. We don't know if it's a joke or malice disguised as joke. If it was just the costumes, then I'd give it a pass, but the signs they held were disturbing.

    But here's one more. Go to a black church dressed up in KKK costume and deliver a real Klansman speech. But at the end say it's just a joke and that you or your family do not condone the message. If anyone gets upset, tell them to get over it because your friends and acquaintances (ie, people who know you intimately) think it's ok and they laugh about it.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • wondering

      Excellent response. I believe the signs are what tip the scales here. Light-hearted or not, they are ignorant of what it feels like to walk in the shoes of individuals who constantly have their citizenship questioned, the speech ridiculed, and their livelihood mocked. I partied hard and did some ignorant things myself when in college. However, it was only when consequences were attached to that behavior did I learn a lesson. The school claiming that they are using this as a "teachable" moment by doing nothing more than having a discussion about cultural insensitivity are missing the point. They tried that same mess with Sandusky and look at where it got them.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  26. Mona

    I don't think it's a big deal when it comes to the clothes. They sell the same ones in Halloween stores. I don't get the weed connection though. College kids like weed so I assume the signs reflect what the girls wanted not a Mexican stereotype. Anyway cheesy signs.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  27. Scuromondo

    The 21st century ritual of rolling-over and apologizing everytime someone claims to have been offended is really getting tiresome. In a society that allows free speech, the "offensive" exercise of free speech is as protected as any purport at having been offended by it. that is, just because someone says they were offended by speech does not mean that any offense was indeed committed.

    That goes for humor as well. The knee-jerk reaction that regards any expression of racial or ethnic humor as an indicator of "racism" or intolerance is not only silly but it frequently borders on the glorification of victimization–which, I would argue, is itself far more racially damaging than the expression of humor it condemns.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      I agree

      December 6, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • wondering

      "The knee-jerk reaction that regards any expression of racial or ethnic humor as an indicator of "racism" or intolerance is not only silly but it frequently borders on the glorification of victimization–which, I would argue, is itself far more racially damaging than the expression of humor it condemns."

      According to whom? Only the oppressor would characterization the oppressed's response to his or her victimization as a "glorified" event. It is no different than the rapist taking privilege to define the appropriate or least harmful reaction to rape for the raped. Until those in the majority begin to defer to the legitimacy of the minority's response to insults and respect it on terms defined by the minority, then the insults will continue and the reaction to the same grow more intense.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • wondering

        "characterize" not "characterization"

        December 6, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  28. AJ

    Get a life...and maybe a sense of humor while you're at it!

    December 6, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  29. rob breisch

    Kids having fun mocking a race that they have no clue about.It defines part of what is wrong with our college educational system.Perhaps courses in the history and development of both our nations in respect to what each has brought to the table for the other-may help these kids understand our role in society or at least educate them into what each of us does for the other.
    If there was no social media-we would never hear about these incidents which clearly show a lack of good judgement by our future leaders.Penn State is but 1 college-Perhaps the Dean of Education can have a chat with these girls?

    December 6, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mona

      Speaking of education, Mexican is not a race.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Mona

        The are racially considered white, Latino is their ethnicity. People from the ME and India are also considered racially white.

        December 6, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Mona

        There are only 3 races, what are they then?

        December 6, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Mona

        People from the ME and India are Caucasian and yes if you ask one, they will confirm it. Each race has a variety of skin tones and that's what people keep getting stuck on. Differences in races are based on skull structure not the skin pulled over it.

        December 6, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Rufus D.

        So if race is based on the skull structure, then the Elephant man was his own race?

        December 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Shawn

    Freedom of speech is ok unless you offend people.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  31. ipdaily

    Only people who are insecure and weak minded complain about this. Unfortunately, what is represented in the picture is true for a small portion of the mexican population. Just look at the "dumb blonde" who posted the you tube video about the cash from a robbery. Nothing more to be said.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  32. AlabamaPrime

    Born and raised in Alabama and I am a proud white American, and I myself find this shameful no child from a respectable family would indulge in such nonsense regardless of their race opinions.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  33. Ray

    "Privileged" folks aren't forced to apologize as soon as a "minority" gets its feelings hurt.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  34. smilingKY

    these girls can go to Mexico if they love it so much, no place for them here :)

    December 6, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  35. Geez

    Only reason why this is a story is because there's a picture with a bunch of hot girls.

    It's like when a cute white girl gets abducted, it'll be on the front page... but when it's a minority, it's not reported on.

    The cute girls and Penn State generate the clicks.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      It's not reported on because most "minorities" don't give a rat's posterior about their own and don't notify the cops.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
      • LB

        You have got to be kidding...most "minorities dont care about their own so they dont call the cops"? You say this yet you have the nerve to say bigotry isnt a big deal? You must be one of the least knowledgeble people on the planet about anything.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      What's so degrading about this? You'd be surprised what some of those guys that cut grass make in a year, I bet a good number of them earn more than many college grads. I find the objection to this picture offensive, a lot of Mexicans cut grass for a living so what? They are gainfully employed and they provide a beneficial services to the community, and are outstanding members of society. These girls are celebrating hard working Mexicans everywhere, it is the president of the campus latino group that is being offensive to Mexicans.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Ray

    "Deep remorse."

    Public education is packed from top to bottom with "diversity"-felching Marxist robots whose only priorities are keeping their jobs and putting whites in their places.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Ray, you're ignorance knows no bounds. But keep commenting, please. I'm doing a dramatic reading of your remarks for my colleagues. It's good stuff.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  37. normal guy

    This is a joke and it should be viewed as such. You do not see people freaking out when a comedian makes racist jokes that are typically much worse than this picture on comedy central or on youtube. People are always looking for a reason to freak out about something, often times this is done as a mechanism to make themselves forget about their own, real problems and faults. learn to take a joke. CNN....I cant believe you put this on your website or even posted it at all. People's inability to accept a harmless joke is going to lead to many girl's bright futures being destroyed. Where has our sense of humor and tolerance gone?

    December 6, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  38. Solemei

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Very funny :)!

    December 6, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  39. GozieBoy

    Isn't this the same Democrat-controlled state that voted to re-elect Barack Obama in large numbers?

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

      They are not Christians, believe in evolution, go to liberal arts college/university, and voted for Obama. They have to be the forerunner of the progressive society!! Hey, it is Mehico's fault for not being able to survive the "compliment". It is all fair and game for them blondies, YOLO!

      December 6, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  40. White

    Racism is alive and well here in America. Deal with it. Just like religion, everyone has their own views. Although organized religion is a complete joke. (: HA HA HA HA

    December 6, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  41. GAW

    He man woman hater me thinks.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  42. Gabriel.

    I agree. If they had put on black-face to "celebrate" African Americans or Orthodox Jewish clothing to with fake wigs and beards to "celebrate" the Jews we'd be seeing some real punishments.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  43. ZMEEKER

    Whatever happed to one of the most meaningful axioms ever created? 'Sticks and Stones May Break My Bone But Names Will Never Hurt Me'. Grow a spine you sniveling twits! A bunch of drunken sorority punks dress up like your uncle Pedro, so what? Don't want to hear about impressions made either. Make fun of me or any group I may belong to all you want, it is just words. Do some physical harm to me or my family then you have a problem.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  44. rascal

    abolutely 100% agree look at all the bigots leading the big companies :)

    December 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  45. damnvalley

    I'm jealous of this party. Looked like it was a lot of fun.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  46. W8a2nd

    Much ado about nothing. Sans sombreros, I guess they would be offending all men (and women) with mustaches. LOL!

    December 6, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  47. larry

    How much you want to bet there was a Jersey Shore type of party at some point in the last few years and everyone was dressing up like "guidos" yet that is ok I guess since making fun of Italians is ok. Geeze who cares, the only reason it is causing an uproar is because the news is trying to make it cause an uproar. What is next the Greek people on campus suing because of Toga Parties?

    December 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • KIZYLE

      Funny how some bigotry is more accepted than ever. I would add to the list rural folk.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  48. BemidjiJack

    I am of Mexican decent and this doesn't bother me one bit. Sorry that I'm not following in lockstep with the rest of my brethren, but I refuse to play "victim".

    December 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  49. NC_Right

    Amen

    December 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  50. Rich

    Interesting how the Mexican and Latino community is offended, yet there is no reference to either group. Unless of course they agree with the sterotypes of poncho's and wide hats are only worn by their groups. To be offended by this it would seem you first have to agree with it. Or is the only issue the signs?

    December 6, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • rapierpoint

      I'd say that without the signs, they would be hard put to say it's racism.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rational Guy

      Well, sombreros did originate in Mexico so it's not crazy to assume they are clearly referring to Mexicans. I mean if the signs aren't also a dead giveaway. Don't be an idiot about it.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  51. history bear

    For cripes sake people, if you look there are latino ladies involved with this. Quit being so sensitive about this. I guarantee you if it had been about making fun of anglos not a word would have been said.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Art

      I think those are Italians or Asians.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I'm sure they've had their share of "Jersey Girl" parties.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Kate

    Should they have done that? No.
    But what I'm mostly upset about is the negative light they are shedding on Greek Life. Greeks have been trying to get rid of the bad stereotype for years, and this chapter has just set all organizations back a step. I'm disappointed that I have to tell potential new members that this is not what Greek Life is about.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  53. Marc Florida

    We have become so politically correct that as a nation we have lost our sense of humor. Without it, the future for America is bleak

    December 6, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  54. Art

    It's OK to make fun of others.......But when they make fun of you watch out!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  55. FredInIT

    Wait – Chi-O National is complaining about being this being 'discriminatory' when they are one of the most selective, and to a great extent, discriminative sororities out there. If you don't fit their height, weight, socioeconomic status, etc. you can forget about joining. I see one, possible, person of color, two Asianic, and the rest appear to be Western European decent. True, the Chi-O National, just like the BSA, Catholic Church, etc. can reprimand members for behavior unbecoming – that doesn't mean that they can't have that behavior. Just have to face the consequences.

    Personally, I think the picture is rather cute and funny. Harkens back to the 70' drug humor (Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Robbin Williams, George Carlin, etc.). And sure as heck is a lot more tame than a lot of other antics that have happened on College and University campuses over the years. No one is naked, flipping the bird, or even has a beer in their hand.

    The campus Latino community should work directly with the local sorority on any repercussions and just be done with it.

    FredInIT

    December 6, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  56. Chris

    I choose to see a silver lining – Penn Satae PR reminded everyone that these girls' actions are protected by the First Amendment, as insensitive as their actions might be. In these Orwellian times, to see even a flicker of resistance to the juggernaut of political correctness is encouraging. Many organizations wouldnt even offer THAT much of a counter. – they'd just roll over, pander, and ask just HOW MUCH punishment should be inflicted...
    Lighten up, people.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  57. Geez

    When did America become so sensitive to other cultures? Most of America is racist and eager to throw out foreigners.

    We are "outraged" by a bunch of girls wearing sombreros and holding signs? I know people who attend redneck-themed parties... should we be offended by that?

    This is garbage reporting and only published because it involves Penn State. All these articles do is bring out the sanctimonious hypocrits so they can feel good about themselves at end of day.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  58. Mark B

    Seriously???!!! Are people really that sensative? Can't laugh at ourselves anymore? Seems people have to find reason to whine... PC at its best...

    December 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  59. GAW

    And toga parties are denigrating to Romans.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Was it over when the......Germans bombed Peral Harbor??? HELL NO...!!!.... And it aint over now.................

      December 6, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  60. Frank

    California offered them citizenship, a free education, health care, food stamps, housing, a cell phone and a driver's licence...then realized they were Americans and are of course now outraged..

    December 6, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  61. legalize the weed

    For crying out loud... Some people need to take the advice of these young ladies and LIGHT-EN UP!

    Not everything in this world has to be politically incorrect... Get over yourselves...

    December 6, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  62. GAW

    Why not have a college sorority sl ut theme night and take a photo of that? Have em hold up signs that say I love to Hook Up. I wonder if that will raise a few eyebrows.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  63. cosmicc

    Unfortunately, they don't have to look very far...and that needs to be kept in the news.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  64. David Larcomb

    I have to agree. Pretty soon the media will report outrageousness of the Roman Toga Parties. This is girls just going to have fun. ice it down.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  65. Jason

    I'm completely outraged by the lack of young nubile skin displayed in this photograph.....

    December 6, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  66. FactsRBad

    Yes, these children have the right to free speech – what they need to understand that all forms of speech and/or expression carries certain consequences.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Amen.

      I see no crime here... but perhaps the could stand to be suspended from the national sorority for a year.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  67. MikeDD

    Wow! Who would have thought college kids would have done something stupid.....

    And this is breaking news??

    December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  68. chris

    you can't tell people "don't be offended".
    how about the girls dress in white hoods and set crosses on fire.. is that funny too? would people need to "lighten up" about that too? where do you draw the line Lou? you pretty much draw the line at whatever people en mass get ticked off about. just cause you aren't... too bad Lou.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  69. John M

    What is the big deal? Has anyone ever seen Cheech and Chong? I didn't see anyone go after the producers of that film? This was a private party, and they weren't out rubbing this in peoples faces. Don't post any photos of your next Christmas party, otherwise people may think you are being insensitive towards Christians.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  70. rascal

    bad taste, bad education, just so bad ..oh sorry bad school too

    December 6, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  71. less

    Whats ironic is here that its the rich Americans who smoke the weed and cause the wars in Mexico. Pro dopers argue that if doping out were legalized, the violence would stop, which is baloney. The dopers need to abstain, then the market would collapse

    December 6, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      Growing up I attended Hawaiian Luaus dressed like a Hawaiian, I attended "fiestas" dressed in a sombrero, and toga partys dressed like a Roman. How anyone could lable this racisim is beyond me. It seems that this country has gone crazy over all this political correctness. My message to those girls is that you did nothing wrong, just resist the temptation to post your pictures. Make your next party a "Sandusky Soire" and have everyone dress like little boys. Now THATS funny!

      December 6, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • chico

      less, you could not get it more wrong. If it is legalized it will be grow locally gutting the market for Mexican weed. No demand no smuggling.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  72. Chuck

    You know who succeeds in the post college world? People who do not take themselves too seriously. When was the last time you saw an uptight stiff running a successful company?

    It is the people who have a problem with this that will have a hard time landing jobs as they will come off in an interview as taking themselves and the world too seriously. I don't hire people like that. These ladies, on the other hand, will do fine in life.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  73. floored1

    their future ambitions at display!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  74. Not a Mexican

    Your thinking is pathetic. I am not a Mexican, however think about the time your people came to America. Everyone in this country is an immigrant. I am totally disgusted reading your thoughts that any child should starve.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  75. Tri lam

    Yet another example of the fine character that is built by frats and sororities...

    December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  76. powergril

    They are dressed up portraying their future jobs! A degree from Penn St. useless :)

    December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  77. Melanie H.

    I think it is funny and I am one of the most tolerant people I know. It wasn't that offensive. Stereotypes when used to deprive people of rights or access to basic freedoms we all enjoy are terrible, but when used for humor, they are just plain funny. We see stuff like this all the time on television. Most situation comedies use stereotypes on a regular basis. People just need to take all their outrage wasted on something like this and put it to something more important, like oh...human trafficking, domestic abuse, war. This is just stupid to get upset about something as harmless as this.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • cosmicc

      Just picture them wearing a costume that mocks your cultural background and then see how you feel.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  78. Jake

    Just another reason for me to be ashamed of being a PSU graduate.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  79. powergril

    go girls!! make us proud :) have fun with them loans not gonna find a job perhaps end up mowing as well :)

    December 6, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  80. skilledworker

    lets see 2 maybe 3 more years for these young ladies before graduation... can hardly wait to see the final product :)

    December 6, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  81. James

    As far as offensive halloween costumes go, these are pretty mundane. I understand they may be offensive to some, but lots of Halloween costumes are. This is not something unique to chi-omega or Penn State. Although the decision to pose for a group photo and put it online might be unique to this sorority lol.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  82. Columbo

    How about white people committing mass shootings, raping and kidnapping young children, performing cannibalism, and committing murder suicides– as if it was the next Gangam style. Oh yeah, all I have to do is go outside and see that too!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  83. Recon

    If they were dressed like Pastor's and were making fun of Christianity would it be reported? No it would not be reported because mainstream media could care less it does not fit their agenda. When a group of kids at a high school in Arizona on Cinco De Mayo removed the American Flag stepped on it and put up a Mexican flag do you think that was offensive? Why did mainstream not report that? Because it does not fit the agenda.. Only thing offensive here is the media who reports this junk.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  84. randy skeller

    USA!! USA!! USA!! USA!!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  85. Lou

    This is very disturbing and should be dealt with in an expeditious manner. I'm certain American's have more worries than someone wearing a sombraro. They should be speaking out against those who support abortion or those who do not support abortion. Speak out against guns or join the NRA. Maybe we should be screaming about how our government is not spending enough money on social programs or how we can cut monies available for those in need. WOW! Mexican hats. (if you take offense to my post, read it again. If you didn't, it's your choice to read it again if you would like)

    December 6, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • SensibleJoe

      It's not so much that the sorority sisters were wearing sombreros (not "sombraros") that was offensive. It's the signs they're holding, equating being Mexican or Mexican-American with nothing more than mowing lawns (menial labor) and smoking marijuana (illegal behavior). How on earth did you miss that, Lou?

      December 6, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  86. rambo

    are these educated minds? looks like something failed so sad

    December 6, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  87. SSAYCM

    Does this mean it is racist for Texans (hell, people everywhere) to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with sombreros and margaritas? Many who do so are not even aware that Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican Independence day, but I have never seen a public outcry over those celebrations. Also, does anyone think themed parties (yes, even those that border on the politically uncorrect) are unique to Penn State?

    Hint: no and no.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Adriana

      5 de Mayo has nothing to do with the mexican independence day. We started to fight for our independence from Spain September 16, that's the day we celebrate it.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      The part that was bad was the signs. If they all Chi Omega women want to wear sombreros and ponchos, it is a bit of a stereotype - possibly a little tasteless - but not a big deal. If there were no signs, then I might suggest they attempt to learn a little more about Mexican culture, but no reprimand would be in order. The signs, however, clearly indicate these women embrace wholeheartedly very negative stereotypes of Mexican people.

      Without the sigs, it was a bit juvenile, perhaps a little shallow - nothing more. The signs make it offensive.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Curt

      SO the sign is fine with you? What if it said "need money to pay for meth and rent for my trailer" or "will work for chicken" or "will take your SAT for rice"?

      December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • JaySquared

      FYI, the 5th of May or Cinco de Mayo is NOT the celebration of Mexico's Independence. Just so you can become a tad bit more educated in another culture, Mexico's Independence is celebrated on September 16th.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican's Independence Day. Most Mexicans in Mexico don't even celebrate the day. It's an excuse for American's to pretty much get drunk.

      I agree that the sombreros and mustache may not have been uber offensive. It's the signs the ladies are holding that make the picture truly tasteless...

      December 6, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • SensibleJoe

      Cinco de Mayo isn't Mexican Independence Day. It isn't even celebrating throughout all of Mexico - only in the Mexican state of Puebla. Mexican Independence Day is on September 16, and it's a national holiday. The sombreros didn't make this photograph racist. The signs the sorority sisters are holding up did, because they equate being Mexican or Mexican-American with nothing more than mowing lawns (menial labor) and smoking marijuana (illegal behavior). How on earth did you miss that?

      December 6, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  88. CJ

    This definitely would not have been a big deal if not for those signs... People dress up like this for parties or at Mexican restaurants all the time, even though it's not really how people dress down South.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  89. sweet

    A+ for this class, what's nest on the hate list?

    December 6, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  90. robert_58

    Good Job! what an amazing display of educated minds!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  91. TheMan

    awesome

    December 6, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  92. joe

    I refuse to comment until I see the Freeh report

    December 6, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  93. Rihanna

    This is nothing new in Fraternities and Sororities. I go to the University of Georgia and they have BET (Black Entertainment Television) themed parties all the time and everyone dresses as black stereotypes. It's the norm around campus and I think it's absolutely disgusting.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Darnell

      Don't be so harsh. We had a 'slaves and masters' party where all the guys dressed up as slaves and the women tied chains around us and whipped us. It was fun.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Edwin

        The slaves&masters parties you describe are clearly unrelated to black slavery - so there is no racial issue. I do find it odd that there were no dominatrices at your party - usually it is the woman who is the mistress and the men are her slaves...

        December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  94. salma

    I bet their parents are proud what over achievers!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  95. DJCowboy

    They should have waited until Cinco de Mayo then it would have been alright! Seriously, a couple of my friends and I during college one year dressed up exactly like this during Cinco and hit the bars! No one complains! The only reason this is getting any attention is because it happened at Penn State

    December 6, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • SensibleJoe

      Open your eyes and look at the photograph, DJCowboy. It's not the sombreros that make this incident racist. It's the signs the sorority sisters are holding up, equating being Mexican or Mexican-American with nothing more than mowing lawns (menial labor) and smoking marijuana (illegal behavior). How would you feel if they all wore ten-gallon hats and held up signs saying "Will work for chaw," "Will work for meth" and "Need $$$, my trailer's broke"?

      December 6, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Rich

        But the signs have no context unless you buy into the Mexican poncho stereotype. So I think that only people who agree with the stereotype can complain about the signs, by agreeing that they themselves are racist.

        December 6, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  96. slamma

    no surprise, what else do you expect from college?

    December 6, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  97. daredevils

    Penn St. rocks! best education on the planet!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  98. eyesoftruth

    I did not know you could take hate & intolerance as a minor in college maybe Penn St. specializes in that study!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Stay Classy Penn St

      December 6, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  99. dodder

    hmm oh yeah intolerance is an elective at college these days!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  100. Wasted money on stupid girls

    Now we know who the die hard Sandusky supporters were even after it was more than obvious he was raping little boys.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
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