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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. GrogInOhio

    Ever notice how often when a racist image appears how many apologist show up demanding that the offended stop being so PC? Here's an idea... how about so many people STOP BEING SO RACIST??? Just a thought...

    December 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belarius Marek

      Thinking is dangerous.. I shouldn't do so much of it if I were you..

      December 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Who Cares

      It's a harmless joke. Is it partially true? If it's even 1% true, then what's the problem? Everyone gets so butt hurt by every little prank or joke someone does it's pathetic. I don't care if someone makes fun of me or my "type" thats what stereotypes are. Now, if they were actually doing a crime or being mean to an individual and making it personal, ok , I get that. It's a stilly picture because they were probably in Mexico or something along those lines. Get over it you chumps

      December 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Agreed.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realistic

      Racism? Ridiculous!
      Stereotyping? Yes!
      Hispanics are often portrayed the same way in movies and tv... It's OK for a Hispanic individual to perpetuate the stereotype by being a lazy pot head, i.e. Cheech Marin, but a few "white girls" do it and people lose it. Comedians of all colors point their fingers at the other colors and laugh, at stereotypes. Why are these women being crucified? Oh... Religious reference?! Can't wait to see the comments.

      December 7, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Belarius Marek

    Nah.. This one is FAR too much fun.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Enya Spyder

    I wonder if the sombreros, ponchos, and maracas were made in China. I see the insensitive young ladies as "job creators".

    December 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belarius Marek

      Absolutely!!

      December 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Belarius Marek

    As long as they don't remember what happened the next day.. I'm good..

    December 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Yeah, well there is a large mexican population on the other side of town from us and when they are walling along with their families, they're making comments in spanish about whites that are just as insulting. Unless you react, they don't realize that some of us can actually speak spanish quite well.

    Picture looks fine to me. I got a good laugh out of it. If the mexicans don't like it, they can go the hell back to mexico.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belarius Marek

      Sing it out brother!!!

      December 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christina Lopez

      This is America...land of the Free. I'm a Mexican American born and raised here. My father was born in Mexico and came to the United States as a teenager, My father worked hard (with his hands) and has made a very good living for himself, he makes good money, owned his own business, purchased his own house, never was on assistance, and is retired at 58 years old. My father’s hard work allowed me to get a college education and also achieve the American Dream. I own a house, car, money. My father also taught me so much more then working hard, my father taught me love, respect, integrity, and kindness. I'm a proud Mexican American (Hispanic, Latina, and Chicana)..Whatever you want to call me and your jokes/comments will never weigh on what I feel about myself or my people....we are a proud race.

      December 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eric

    Seems like an endless array of ignorant and disgusting behavior stories on CNN. This is what we get when we mainstream ignorance, stupidity, racism and lunacy and wrap it in the GOP.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belarius Marek

      WOW.. Seriously? You're going to politicize this? I must say again.. WOW... Join Edwin and compare your sticks...

      December 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Waa, waaa, waaa,,, the truth hurts don't it ? Get over it.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • disengaging from you lunatics

      Only one House Rep voted against outlawing the word "Lunatic" today. He was a member of the GOP. You can't use the word lunacy anymore. Your Dem and Sellout GOP have deemed it so.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mrs. Venegas

    I am of Mexican parents and this is not my heritage. My culture is beautiful and filled with so many traditions to be proud of. There is not a doubt in my mind that at least one of these girls is of Mexican decent. If one of these girls where my daughter, best believe she would be mowing lawns (for free) for a few months if she wanted me to pay for another semester of school. Lesson Learned!

    December 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belarius Marek

      Very well said.. FINALLY!

      December 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Edwin

    Everyone who thinks this is a harmless joke, ask yourself: if you were a hispanic college girl looking for a sorority, would you see this as funny - or would you see it as an indication that the sorority does not want 'your kind' to apply?

    These kind of stunts serve to marginalize and isolate minority students. Given that hispanics are the single fastest growing demographic in this country, the school cannot really want to push such students away - especially given the recent damage to their reputation.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belarius Marek

      Lets try this again CNN. Edwin, remove that recreationally placed stick and smile for a change..

      December 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I think everyone is taking this way too seriously. People need to chill out and stop being so defensive and dramatic. People need to stop "demanding" apologies and creating uproars. They need to learn to grow a thicker skin and be able to ignore these types of people. Engaging them with aggressive behavior is not a solution. Additionally, reacting with aggressive requests or behavior just makes a person look aggressive. There is nothing positive about being an aggressive person, and it does not solve problems. It may appear to solve problems but on the large scale it actually generates more. I think it is shameful to watch a bunch of people jump on people like this like a pack of wolves looking for something to attack. Just ignore it. Ignorance will always exist and going around making a huge deal about it just makes people look outrageous.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Belarius Marek

        Yup.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        I definitely agree that America has become too PC. But seriously, what would you say if this were a blackface party with the girls in prison jumpsuits or something? Still think that's okay? I honestly think the only thing that actually makes it offensive are the two signs. That's what kindof takes it across the line. A line I put pretty far out there because I have no problem making fun of myself. And the best theory I've come up with as far as what makes something fun or in good nature is: context. In the context of a comedy or standup, this could be something that's funny. But the context of this is a bunch of 20something non-Hispanic girls at a party. There's no humor in that. They should get a couple sorority activities taken away from them but nothing that severe. I definitely definitely doubt that this was malicious in any way.

        December 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Reggy NEWNEW

    I'm guessing this was actually Canadian themed.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Speedy Gonzales

    What's under the ponchos?

    December 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belarius Marek

      Absolute bliss.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yo eddy

    If people don't act right CNN is definitely going to show them how to act right. Gotta learn someway somehow!

    December 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. arkmark

    We must bulldoze the sorority house. and mount a witch hunt that will further weaken Pennn states foundation soon maybe we can all reminicw about how on what is now a parking lot one stood the proud penn state university and how continued witch hunts reduced it to such a sad state

    December 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      How about not dismissing this as nothing, AND not over-reacting. There IS a middle ground.

      My guess is that their little act will put their sorority on probation. Maybe they will be forced to actively recruit hispanic students - though my guess is that these women would not really welcome that.

      Why do you see it as all-or-nothing? There are actually ways to deal with this that don't involve looking the other way OR making examples of these women.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Sadly, this is a learned behavior passed on from one generation to the next. These kids learned this from their parents, and will pass this behavior on to their children unless they come to the realization that what they've done is wrong.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belarius Marek

      OH WAAAAAAAAH!

      December 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • w8in4ya

      I could not agree more!

      December 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Belarius Marek

    I'm outraged they are not all naked.. MEXICANS GONE WILD!! WOOHOOO!!!

    December 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SPED

    If Aaron is not an ELL then he has a learning disability.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. myuntidydesk

    Do the people at Penn State have any common sense?

    December 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Chris Foster

    W.T.H. CNN this article is retarded. Thanks for wasting my time with this "TRASH JOURNALISM"! Stop forcing your political agenda on every one! Its a free country, mind your Own GD Business!

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

      They reported that something happened and people's reactions to it. Did you actually read this article?

      December 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mesquite

      If you wanted to read the news, why did you read this article and then bother to comment?

      December 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Edwin

    I think the real problem is that many in the majority simply have no clue whatsoever how much racism and prejudice there is, or how it affects minorities. These college women almost certainly did not intend to make a formal racist statement - they simply saw it funny to insult a particular minority. 'It was just a joke...' is the common defense.

    And, yes, if this was the one instance then it would be just a joke. But hispanic people are treated like dirt in this country, so this is not just one instance - it is part of a very consistent pattern. THAT is the problem.

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

      Great post! And to elaborate this learned behavior is passed on, and on, and on so that it effects every race. When you teach hate what do you get in return? I've felt racial hate from many different races, and it was all learned at some point. What this article/writer is attempting to do is to break the cycle of hate. There are many that believe this is being blown way out of proportion, but if look at human history you know we're not trying hard enough to address the hate we've for so very long accepted as normal behavior.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • You

      Whites don't know what racism is? Affirmative action, special scholarships for minorities, special government contracts for minorities, special loans for minorities, charities and organizations devoted to uplifting minorities, urban economic zones to help out minority businesses, a liberal media & academic system that bashed whites at any chance they get, etc. Please, whites experience the most racism in America. Non-whites are given special privileges in every aspect of life... often times as the expense of whites.

      Why is it ok to joke about the Irish, Italians, Poles, English, French and other white ethnicities but not non-white ethnicities?

      December 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • lol

        Simple question. Do you wish you were black or latino?

        December 7, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  19. ProperVillain

    I get offended every Halloween for the racist portrayals of Vampires. I am Romanian- American and it ruffles my delicate sensibilities. I'm offended that no one else gets offended. I demand and apology of anyone dressing up like a vampire and taking pictures....

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

      Clearly you are a troll, not a vampire - because your post makes no sense.

      Vampire lore is a composite from many different world cultures, not just - or even primarily - Romanian culture. Yes, Dracul was from that part of the world, and some of the vampire mythology emerged from his practices, but vampires are not really a stereotype of him, let alone Romanians.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Definite troll trying to hide his own racism through comedy.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  20. robert orlick

    Just college kids having fun!

    December 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Linden Pike

    There is already such fire aimed at Penn State, now lets put any story of their kids being dumb on the national podium. Who cares, lighten up, they are having fun, no one is getting hurt, they aren't making fun of minorities anyway, white people are the minority. How can this possibly offend you??? Grow a pair!

    December 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jake Luttrell

    The fact that this is even on the news is a disgrace. These girls are no more guilty of stereotyping than Warner Brothers is for their character Speedy Gonzales. This IS NOT a crisis situation. Leave these ladies alone.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Try watching Speedy Gonzalez (or Gilligan's Island) again and you will see how much stereotyping goes on in it.

      But there is a difference, too - Speedy is portrayed as a positive character; these women used signs to purposely indicate negative stereotypes.

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

      Who said it was a crisis situation, Jake? Calm down.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • TimB

      Jake – context is key. Other than one in 1980, there've been no Speedy Gonzales cartoons made since 1968. So what you're talking about are old re-runs.

      Though ironically after Comedy Central, which owns the broadcast rights, announced they wouldn't air the cartoons anymore, LULAC asked them to reconsider. Yup, the civil rights organization.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Scot B

    Really CNN? People need to get thicker skin. Must've been a very slow day at CNN to put this up. "Sticks 'n stones" above has it right–if people want to make stupid comments and do stupid things, we don't need to hear about it. Theme & costume parties happen all the time, everywhere, and you know somebody is bound to be offended by something–the Horrors!

    Wake up & get over it–they aren't representative of either ethnic group in the picture. Really, when was the last time you saw somebody in a poncho and sombrerro? I think it was Clint Eastwood in a "Fist full of Dollars". sheesh....

    December 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. SFCLL

    Oh, so even college kids can't have any fun now? God forbid anyone have a organized party with only fun involved without some clown throwing a race card out.. Oh Noes!! I mentioned God in my post and I support a group of kids having fun. If you look at the pic, there seem to be , Caucasians, Asians, and Hispanic students... Odd, why would all those racist "white" girls do such a thing?
    You people need to grow the hell up and get a grip on reality.. Let them have some fun while they can!

    December 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mesquite

      There are plenty of ways to have fun without ridiculing a group of people. This sorority should have its charter pulled.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Eman

    Looking for opportunities to be offended is an art-form in this country

    December 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mr.Davidson

    College babes always wanna get down with the sombreros in Cabo Wabo.Looking at spring break ,Si mucho.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  27. tateman

    Shows a lot of stupidity if you ask me. I was pretty stupid at that age,

    December 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Geo

    Ignorance kills.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  29. kent

    i'm going to guess there are some future teachers who will lead our young children some day, in that picture. show it to your class some day girls. make sure you tell the little ones how to act and behave.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Nicole

    Wow! Rich white girls are racist? Thanks CNN, I never would have known.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Senor Peppie

    Why do stereotypes exist? Because they are true.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      The really funny thing is that in about 30 years, the majority in this country will be hispanic not white... and boy will they have fun making little jokes at our expense. 'Stupid, shallow, greedy? But that's just a *joke*!'

      But thank you for using a post to prove why these women should not have posted it - clearly you *KNOW* that it is real, not a joke. In your mind mexicans are nothing but potheads without the ability to have high-paying jobs.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • mesquite

      Stereotypes are true of only a few individuals, not everyone. What a bigoted thing for you to say.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Locutus

    When I was a youngster they told us over and over..."Sticks and stones"..you know the rest. What the hell happened to the people in this country. This country has been pussified by people who believe everyone else is responsible for someone elses happiness. Again, no one can make anyone else feel inferior without that persons consent. A whole lot of people are giving consent to let this prank affect them.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Schwartz

      Words hurt. I am not Hispanic but I would be deeply offended by these members
      of BFU if I were.

      December 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Please do us a favor and get educated. If you don't understand the harmful effects of hate speech, let me teach you. Studies have shown psychological damage: (1) Minority mothers denied the significance of color in their lives, yet were morbidly sensitive to matters of race. Some identified excessively with whites, accepting whiteness as superior. ( (2)see how African American children choose their dolls; when asked they said the white doll was the better one) (3) The stresses of racial abuse lead to higher blood pressure, hypertension, and risk of stroke. Racism goes against our very principle that "all men are created equal". The fact that you just think this is funny makes me sad.

      December 7, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  33. Midwestern

    How about if find something real to express righteous indignation about........ Political correctness runs wild once again.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Loosed

    Hey, at least they weren't in the showers with minors.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Locutus

    Smartest post yet

    December 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • carnivore3456

      I would only do 53%. 47% wouldn't do me no matter what I did.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Andrew Miller

    seriously? I feel like people are just going out of their way to make things into a big racial deal here. get over it america. there's far bigger things that should upset you than a sorority party at penn state. Typical, mediocre "news" reporting from CNN here....

    December 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Odiz

    Careful CNN, your race baiting is showing

    December 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  38. gimmegimmegames

    That's a lot of stupid people in one picture. It's one thing if 2, 3, maybe even 4 people dressed like this in the photo. But that many? That's a well planned and racist joke if you ask me. But of course this happens up North where there isn't as many Mexican people as here in Texas. If these people did the same thing but the butt of the joke was African-Americans would people be more upset, and that's totally unfair to Mexicans. It's not like they're doing a lot of jobs for us that people don't want to take and are becoming a bigger and bigger part of our country everyday. (sarcasm)

    I'm not saying people aren't allowed to act stupid and be racist on their own, but I'm more than willing to exploit their stupidity and flame them when it gets out. They just have to stop it from getting out, that's all. These people are ***holes, and guess what, people will want to treat them like the ***holes they are when they see things like this.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Oscar

    They cant be real Mexicans, they have no Corona and I dont see anyone smokin weed!

    December 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  40. woodie

    If you believe it then maybe you are offended by it. As it is, it's a joke. Jokes are things which are not true to the point of being funny. There is no reality in a joke. Unless, you believe there is a reality in this.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Locutus

      Well said Wooodie

      December 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sergio

      I dont find it offensive. I do find it sad that all these girls think Mexicans all smoke weed, drink beer and cut grass for a living. Just do a search on who the richest guy in the planet. The richest dude didnt get there mowing lawns.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • wagman

        I thought the richest dude on the planet was the leader of a Mexican drug cartel.

        December 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • minnie

      That's a completely nonsensical definition of a joke.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  41. gio ruiz

    I'm Mexican and Ive actually used that "i don't cut grass i smoke it" line numerous times so... yeah. plus i don't really mind this, i have a sense of humor when it comes to all stereotypes because that's all they are, just stereotypes. Chill people.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • white guy

      glad to know I can bash on Mexicans around you! btw, you guys really stink...that's not a joke, but just take it like one 🙂

      December 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  42. jducey615

    no stereotypes on Halloween people. you can only dress up as people of your race. no drinking margaritas on cinco de mayo either. cover the ground with eggshells and tread lightly, America!

    December 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      You really don't get it. Stereotyping is not the problem here. Sure, the sombreros and mustaches are kind of shallow, but that's not it. The problem is the signs.

      To put it in perspective: do you think it is okay to dress up on Halloween as a black man in chains, with a sign saying "Massuh lets me get candy on Halloween" ? Stereotypes are one thing - purposeful ridicule is another.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  43. aaron

    This is redicule. the girls looked more like panch via then any hispanic amarican I have ever seen and i grew up in New Mexico. people need to stop making things like this a big issue and focuse on true raceism. I am also guessing if these young ladys where not attractive college co eds and where a group of over weight hospital workers there would be much less negative back lash.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DavidLevinsn

      You really need to focus on proper spelling.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Naya

        wow some people stupid and that's what you got on the whole situation

        December 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mesquite

      I grew up in New Mexico too, and at least I can spell and speak correct English.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dyana

      So did I dear, and I know better than that... And yes, to answer the questions presented, New Mexico education usually ranks just between Lousiana and Mississippi. The public school I'm at is one of the few with a fail rate under 20% in town, if that gives you any perspective...

      December 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Anomic Office Drone

    Penn State seems like a classy joint full of classy people. .

    December 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Seriously?

    Completely agree with Greg Woll. People are too sensitive.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naya

      I bet your white what if I took a picture of my self in a blonde wig holding up a sign saying : I smoke drink and get drunk and that's high school for me

      December 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • DavidLevinsn

        Naya–that wouldn't bother me in the least.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Locutus

        It would probably not offend any white person. Why should it? Really, why should it.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Olympia

        I'm white and blonde, and I say: go for it!! You have just as much right to poke fun at me as I at you. People who cannot laugh at themselves are boring.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Justin

        Of course white people won't care if you make fun of them, they have always been at the giving end of racism in America. What true discrimination/bias/hatred have Caucasians endured compared to the other races in America? In case you are wondering I am as white as they come just not as ignorant. That's why words considered derogatory toward Caucasian people will never have the same effect as say those that are used for African-Americans or Latinos.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hispanic

        Justin, you ever heard of the Irish? Educate yourself before spouting racist ignorance.

        December 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Reymando

    Rude, and extremely stupid. They are getting a college education, but they seem to have slept through two courses :
    "How to get hired in a job after college 101", and "Common Sense 101". Idjuts.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Locutus

      This is called College fun. Anyone who is offended by this needs to take a pill. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Grow a pair.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Naya

        Well it's offensive Mexicans get made fun of so much and this is just too much

        December 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Locutus: what country do YOU live in? In the United States we make fun of mexicans all the time. We belittle them to their faces sometimes. They are treated as second class citizens all the time.

      You should try living with ridicule - not occasional but commonplace - for a few decades. See if you still feel equal when the majority treat you like dirt, day after day, year after year.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Locutus

        Edwin my man. I live in Los Angeles and I am white. That clearly makes me a minority here. I get called white boy all the time. I am married to a mexican wife and have half mexican children. Not one of us are offended by college pranks and jokesters. My man.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Carecare

        Locutus – being white in Los Angeles must be really tough. I mean, those Mexican-Americans are so tough on the white man.
        Also marrying a Mexican and having biracial children doesn't make you an expert on historical facts of Mexican-American oppression or current events. In fact, if you were my husband I would question how you could think something like that could be funny.

        December 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  47. GDI

    Hoes will be hoes

    December 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  48. bob smith

    muhahahahahah this is funny and pretty much true

    December 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny G

      Bob Smith? It's more like Boob Smith – you're an ass Bob.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miriam

      I bet if it had anything to do with you, you wouldn't like it one bit. That goes to show how mature you are.

      December 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Michael_geezer

    You have to ask yourself how that many supposedly intelligent women could not see that doing this was a REALLY bad idea. These are people who grew up in a digital world where the use of social media was just part of everyday life. Penn State should offer a class called "How to act like a human being."

    December 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Locutus

      They could not see it was a bad idea because it was not a bad idea.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        It was a bad idea and there is a price to be paid.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Perhaps the primary reason they didn't see how bad this idea was is because they truly believe that all mexican people fit the stereotype. They probably tell racist jokes and think they are hilarious - and defend the jokes because 'they're just jokes.'

      December 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Kevin Snively

    Big deal.

    The Mexicans who are supposed to be offended would say 'That's stupid, I don't even smoke weed'

    And thats that

    Wthe hell makes a big deal of this?

    College prank, big freaking deal.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naya

      this is why white people are the most hated race in the world

      December 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Locutus

        How do you know he's white?

        December 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Vad

        Interesting that you use racism to attack racism. White people are no more racist than anyone else. People will always gravitate toward people similar to them and thumb their noses at anyone else.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scot B

        Oh, I thought I'd heard it was because white people are the most successful? Or was it well armed?
        Which stereotype were you pushing again? I forget already... Is there even a need to know?

        December 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Observant Observer

        $12,000+ dollars a year and these young ladies still have not learned that the only people it is acceptable to make fun of are white people.

        Yankees... sheesh!

        December 6, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • White Latino

        Thirty-six percent of Latinos identify their race as white, according to the Pew Hispanic survey. Hispanic/Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Mexican and Canadian are nationalities.

        December 7, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Khari Brown

      How do you know that the "Mexicans" would say big deal. Did you talk with the "Mexicans"?

      December 7, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
      • White Latino

        Mexican and Canadian are nationalities. Latino/Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race. According to the Pew Hispanic survey, 36% of Latinos identify their race as white.

        December 7, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  51. rosa

    I like to see what would happen if these young ladies were painted black and were wearing chains and had signs that said "I don't pick cotton, I just wear it" The NAACP would have a field day on this sorority. You would have Rev. Jesse and Rev. Al and all the Reverends putting pressure on these young ladies. Were are the Latin groups standing up to this nonsense.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • geeworker

      did you not read the signs in the picture ???? they are to busy smoking weed to protest!!!!

      December 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Let the people who run the sorority at the national level handle it. This sort of publicity does not reflect well on the sorority - I think it likely this branch will be given a warning, if not outright suspension. I think that is an appropriate punishment for advertising their intolerance.

      December 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sean

        I agree Edwin. Unfortunately when a member or small group of people who belong to an organization do something wrong or insensitive the entire organization gets shoved into public's cross-hairs. Remember the US Marine Corps "urinating on dead enemies incident?" It was a small group that did it, but the whole Marine Corps got swarmed on for it. The difference between that event and this one is that the organization will recover from this much faster than the individuals that committed the offense.

        December 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  52. geeworker

    are some of the girls advertizing that they would enjoy a Dirty Sanchez ???????

    December 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Slim

    One would expect the in-flux of "white hate" comments after viewing such an image. My only question is, are white people the only one's with hate in their hearts? Because that is how this thread (and all of society) have made them out to be. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I daresay I see at least two girls of Asian descent in this photo yet I see no comments blasting their culture as hate-infested. FACT: ALL RACES HATE. It doesn't matter what you're descent is; someone within your race has done something racially influenced to intentionally hurt someone from another race. I can't blame many of you for only targeting caucasians since the media has programmed that into your brains; I just pity you for not being able to separate what is reality and what is a part of the media sources' personal agendas.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carecare

      The majority of news people on tv are white so I doubt there's any secret conspiracy through the media. The roots of racism go further than well all races have the potential to hate one another. The difference is that white Americans have had a history of oppressing those with different skin colors and the after affects are still being felt for those specific racial groups.
      That being said, bashing whites or assuming commentators are white is also wrong. Ignorance is to blame and I think this should be a teaching moment for these girls.

      December 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  54. john

    Your all missing the point, the drive by news media needed them to confirm that there are white latino's so they paid them to have a white latino party. Grow up people the country is crashing down around us and you whine about a photo of some kids at a party.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  55. dhill

    Do you think the school would find it offensive if they said they were having a 'Republican' themed party and wore swastika arm bands ..... not a chance. I am offended every day I see the president who lied and demonized his way back in to office. Should he not be president because I am offended? NO. If you are alive you have to expect to be offended and deal with it. The problem are the hypocrites who spew hate speech but are the first to play victim when responded too.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • coloradoDad

      First... Yes, if an national organization held a republican themed party and wore swastikas (in jest) I would be offended. Its inappropriate and untrue. Not all republicans are racists or believe in white separatism. Second... President Obama didn't need to demonize any republicans. They pretty must stuffed that foot down their own throats. Yes lies were spread by both sides during the race, but if you look at the actual transcripts, quotes, voting records, etc. You'd see exactly why a majority of our Nation voted the President another four years.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • dhill

        Colorado Dad you must not have been paying attention. Don't worry millions of others were not either, that is why they voted for who the media told them too. Can you imagine Mitt Romney accusing Obama of murder and have the media not howled every day over it. Would that not have lead every interview with that question. Could Mitt Romney go 6 months without a press conference as president. If you are honest you will realize that the media manipulated millions of Americans and allowed the president to define Romney as something he is not.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carecare

      I would be offended if I saw a college organization representing Nazi ideals. I think most people agree that is pretty offensive – especially when tied to a political party.
      Additionally – If you offend me, I'll make sure its known to you. Deal with it 🙂

      December 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Adam

    Id let them smoke meeeee!

    December 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  57. John

    You have got to be kidding...that photo was funny! I guess if you're guilty or know of those who are, you might take offense...too bad for you..........

    December 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carecare

      Offending a cultural group isn't funny. How does not thinking this funny make me guilty? Guilty of what?

      December 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  58. svchost

    Wah! They hurt my feelings!

    Get over it, babies.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Carecare

    I think there is often a fine line between the disrespectful and funny. I have friends that get dressed up for say Cinco de Mayo – however they don't carry around disrespectful signs or say insulting/derogatory things about Mexicans. Having a "fiesta" and serving Mexican food and even wearing sombreros is not offensive – its offensive when you have posters saying what theirs did. This photo also arises at a time when tensions are high about immigration laws and really how we treat those that are different than us. I don't think that these girls meant to cause harm to the Latino and specifically the Mexican community but that doesn't excuse ignorance in a country which is supposed to be open to cultural differences. This is supposed to be a country of great minds and an educated population – why don't we act that way? College is supposed to be a time where you think outside of yourself, where you are from, what is comfortable and learn about the world, I hope these girls take the opportunity to do that. Asides: Cultural happenings are news – please note the tabs at the topic which will take one to various new topics. If you choose to not think this is new, why did you read the article and take the time to comment? Additionally – calling someone out for inappropriate and racists comments/actions doesn't mean they are true, it means we have worked hard to correct misconceptions and clearly need to continue this work.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      "harm to the Latino and specifically the Mexican community".... forget the latino/mexican community...if you're not American...who cares....and, no, you can't be both..you're either with us or not...and that is the REAL problem in America...there would be no sensitivity issues if we only were concerned about those who view themselves as Americans... The hyphenated society is a complete failure.........

      December 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Carecare

        John – First, how can you forget a group of people which is requested to identify itself? Second, isn't that the unique part of being American – that your family came from somewhere and made a place here, that they didn't forget where they came from?
        People do care and apparently you cared enough to comment about it as well. You can be American and still value your culture, it doesn't have to be one or the other. There would also be no "sensitivity issues" if people didn't think this was acceptable behavior. Ethnic/racial minorities have and continue to be oppressed.
        Additionally, sentences and complete thoughts are much easier to understand.

        December 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  60. MNMEXICAN

    I think George Bush put them up to this, it happened during his term!

    December 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • carnivore3456

      Bill Clinton is hidden in this photo. Can you find him?

      December 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  61. ChicagoRob

    unfortunate that the school deems this as a teachable moment due to it being insulting to hispanics..had these students all wore "black-face" I am sure the social reaction would be much, much greater. With most likely evey person in the picture removed from the school.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • cfjermestad@aol.com

      both are disgusting.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Bocephus Moonshine

    This is a perfect example of the kind of thing that can haunt you at future job interviews. In the information age, you've got to be smart enough that when the camera comes out, or people start posing for a picture, you step out of the room. Then, when they are done taking pictures, you come back into the room to continue the party.

    The days of presuming you have any privacy at a public event are long over people.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Are you kidding???? You don't even have privacy at a PRIVATE event!!!! Just ask Prince Harry ..... or Princess Kate ..... or Mitt Romney!!!!

      December 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  63. J.F.F

    Is it offensive? It can be to some and others would laugh at it or not care at all. My thing is the level of consequence should be the same be it one person who's doing it or a group. I say disband the chapter have the girls apply to other sororities. Some of you may think that’s harsh but can anyone out there think of a couple of people that have been suspended from their jobs or lost them all together for making a comment that was racially derogatory? When consequences become equal across the board then maybe we'll begin to ignore the petty stuff and address true discrimination and bigotry.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Tom

    Thanks for taking the side of reason, Oscar. Too bad this country is wrought with people who are afflicted by white guilt and a knack for manufacturing rage over trivial issues.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Brian

    college kids having fun....how offensive! A complete outrage!

    December 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • coloradoDad

      fun and bigotry should never be one and the same. The signs are what make it inappropriate, not the dress or the party theme.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  66. simply put

    This is a bit more than just a group of girls doing something stupid. From Chi Omega's perspective, they are a business and they have a group within their business that is mocking an entire culture. Generally that doesn't go over well in companies. If you have been in a greek community for the last 20-30 years you would know that greek groups have been running as mini corporations to protect themselves from lawsuits.

    Secondly, this is a school organization, receiving funds and under the schools rules of conduct. This would easily be grounds for disciplinary action as it involves such a large group of students (private party or not). If Chi Omega wants to stay on this campus they would be smart to clean house.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.F.F

      I agree with you on your points and I say disband the chapter, it would set the example.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Debbie

    Bunch of little spoiled rich brats probably taken more ectasy and smoked more weed than most Latinos have ever seen, and they want to use that BS PC thing to justify their rudeness, wow, obviously a lesson learned from the indulgent parents.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  68. JJ

    Bring those girls to my southside neigborhood in San Antonio.....I don't think they'll be laughing after that.....

    December 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  69. David

    there is an entire holiday dedicated to binge drinking and dressing in green. St Patrick's Day...I'm second generation Irish-American. Don't care lighten up it is nothing

    December 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Cinco de Mayo???? Oh wait ..... that's not even REALLY a holiday. Never mind.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Primal 4 Life

    There is a Latino girl in the picture for sobbing out loud. Get over it touchy feely libby losers.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      I pretty sure you wrong wingers were the big losers, having no respect for others is one of the reasons

      December 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Primal4Life

      So, only "touchy feely libby losers" care about insulting people? Interesting perspective you have. Weird, but interesting. Empathy is one of those human traits that are possibly alien to you, but that vast majority of people in the 21st century Western world understand why the photo is offensive even if you don't. Mocking other cultures is a sign of ignorance and immaturity. Whether you like it or not, humans are a multicultural species. It's one of our strengths. Ignorance is a weakness.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Bob

    Just more fake outrage. Fake hurt feelings. Racial outrage is just a tool one group uses to gain political power over another.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  72. maril

    What they did is just plain stupid. You would expect them to have some brains at that point of their lives.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Scott

    The fact that Racism is alive and well should surprise no one. This is an affluent school, and clearly old traditions die hard when you have money....

    December 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Tom

    Anybody want to bet that the losers crying about this ordeal have no problem watching the racial humor delivered by Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, or Carlos Mencia. Sorry, I forgot. They aren't white and masquerade as "comedians."

    December 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • not taking that bs

      You mean ACTUAL stand up comics? Bad analogy.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Kyle Delamar

    Learn from it. There's a lesson in everything. This one is in regard to diversity. We sometimes, as a majority, ignore the sentiments of the minorities. This is just another Call to Consciousness.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  76. PerryNacho

    Why should they get in trouble? For having fun in college, then all of us should be in trouble. They obviously weren't drunk, they were just having fun. They didn't cause a fight and it was a private party. I'm Mexican and not offended at all.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honest John

      [Sarcasm Mode On] Free speech is a guaranteed 1st amendment right, but only if it it offends absolutely no one at all. [End Sarcasm Mode]

      December 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • jt88

        The first amendment (or any of the amendments) is about the government's power on the people. The govt. has done nothing to the girls – citation, fines, or imprisonment. These girls are being grilled by the public opinion and as such, completely irrelevant to 1st amendment.

        Have you not taken basic civics class in grade school?

        December 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • coloradoDad

        @jt88, EXACTLY on point!

        December 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Primal 4 Life

    Awesome! That it offends makes it even better.

    Good job girls!

    December 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • dangle13x

      Says the failure troll who does the same thing on message boards every night. Good luck with that whole being a failure in life thing. Seriously, good luck.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Primal 4 Life

        LMAO you have never seen me post any such thing any other time. What a loser you must be.

        Enjoy knowing I will always be more successful than you.

        December 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • David

        loser...have a sense of humor. they are in college, thats what you do in college

        December 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  78. BJ

    Pure trash. We'd be better off deporting this group of filth to Mexico, if they'll take them.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Who Cares

    All I have to say is who cares? They sell these outfits for Halloween everywhere plus outfits that make fun of blacks, whites and lots of origins. Freedom of speech for one. There is no hate crime here either. Would this be any different if this was another group besides a sorority (which people stereotype as well). Everyone is stereotyped and makes it worse by calling people out for it. The president of the Latino organization can take a chill pill. I'm sure she has said a thing or two before this about greeks, athletes, and so on. And it will be sad if Chi Omega's national headquarters takes more than a day to have to "figure out what to do." Again freedom of speech, and it's college...they'll learn when they get into the real world.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Claudius II

    First they should be expelled immediately. Second they should (and probably will be) prosecuted for hate crimes by the US Attorney General AND they should face civil lawsuits by every Mexican National. After all they have money so civil suites could prove quite profitable in redressing the damage they caused to Mexican National self-esteem.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • dangle13x

      You are beyond worthless.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • carnivore3456

        That must mean Claudius is worth a lot. Nice logic dangle. Keep up the good work.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Primal 4 Life

      Dumbest thing I have ever read. Just a stupid post.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  81. SlappyNinja

    so if they were at a "toga" party, would the Greeks/Italians be offended? you people suck and i REALLY hope the world ends in 2 weeks. cause we are doomed as a society...

    December 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • BJ

      I don't recall anyone holding up signs insulting to Greeks or Italians at toga parties. If the world ends, it will be better off for not having to bear the burden of 1diots like you.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • carnivore3456

        But you're missing the point. See, the ONLY time these insensitive louts dress up as Romans is when they are engaged in debauchery. You never see them in togas when they're out doing good works. So, obviously they equate Italians with debauchery decadence, but not with altruistic behaviors. The Italians are owed an apology by every Toga party attendee in history that did not wear togas for any events other than parties. I'm personally sick over the whole situation.

        December 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Stereotypes are insensitive by nature and design. At what point, however, do we say there's a problem? As an Italian-American, I've been to plenty of parties where people were dressed up as mob figures (pinstriped suites, sunglasses, fedoras, and machine-guns). Is THAT insulting? It should be. Do any Italian-Americans that I know lose their minds over it??? No. How about drunk leprechans? or Indian Chiefs? or "Hornee Priests or Rabbis? "Naughty Nuns? All are stereotypes.

      So my question remains ... at what point do we disallow stereotyped costumes???

      December 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • coloradoDad

        ITS NOT THE COSTUMES OR THE PARTY THEME!! I'm seriously concerned about the level of intelligence of my fellow Americans. If you are incapable of distinguishing the offensive from the non-offensive in this picture then we might as well throw in the towel. Ever watch Idocracy?

        December 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreddyCanuck

      As long as no Americans dress up in plaid, wear beaver skin hats, and mock us Canadians. That would be going too far. And you know what happens when you push a Canadian too far? NO? Darn, I was hoping you would tell me. Never mind.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Inky

    I have a beef enchilada for all those girls.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  83. mezmama

    Anyone else notice all the faces are pasty white? Wonder how these young women would feel if a fraternity portrayed women as subservient to men in some way...say with dog collars or somesuch horrendous nonsense. And for all you white men whining that we've become too politically correct...wonder how you would all feel if you were portrayed as a bunch of backward thinking idiots (Neandertals, perhaps?).

    December 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  84. DrBob

    All Honor Graduates from the Jerry Sandusky School of Social Awareness and Insight

    December 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chels

      right?!

      December 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • coloradoDad

      haha! Clever. 🙂

      December 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Meeso Sechsi

    What's the deal with the Oriental Girl on the left??? Oh nevermind.... she setup the camera!!

    December 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • dangle13x

      Good one. Pick on Asians because they are hands down more capable than you in every facet of life, especially in terms of career aspirations. It just shows your lack of self esteem. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you didn't go to a university. You're sentence structure strikes me as community college level, but then again you are probably a drop out.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • carnivore3456

        Aren't you a snobby jerk. Incidentally, its your not you're. You must have gone to community college.

        December 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Clint

        @dangle13x: "You're sentence structure strikes me as community college level, but then again you are probably a drop out."

        Really? I'm not a grammar prof but if YOU'RE going to troll, or whine as the case may be, at least get it right 😉

        December 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • MNMEXICAN

        I think George Bush put them up to this, it happened during his term!

        December 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Don Cheadle

        The fact that you wrote "you're" instead of "your" while gauging intelligence via sentence structure is fantastic. "You're" education was clearly far superior.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  86. jim

    If all the girls at Chi Omega were laid end to end, I wouldn't be surprised.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geest

      I volunteer to lay each one of these chicks. No problemo senor!

      December 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  87. CSprsy

    They're just having some good old fashioned fun. Yeah, they are totally portraying a stereotype. So what. Grow some thicker skin and prove them wrong.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Karina

    Why they think that all hispanics are mexicans? Ignorant ! I am latina, because I am from Argentina.!!! Do you know where Argentina is ? or Why Americans travel to my country so often ? or why Americans take some college classes over there?
    Poor little thing !

    December 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Thank God CNN is on the constant hunt for anything racial. Next, CNN will point out all the black comedians that make fun of the stereotypical white nerd. (Or not, since no one is offended when white people are the target, because they get that it is just a JOKE!!) We will never be equal until everyone can laugh at themselves once in awhile. As someone married to an educated hispanic, I can tell you she would think this is lame college humor that is not offensive in any way. Keep up the good work, CNN!

      December 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  89. yo!

    Pretty insensitive, but I've slept with enough sorority girls to forgive everyone of them.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Arlee

    On behalf of all Canadians next party everyone can wear a togue and a plaid jacket and we would be honoured (Canadian spelling) to be thought of.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Don't know about plaid, but I DO promise to have Molson served at MY next party! 😀

      December 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  91. HeresTheThing

    Here's the thing... Everything is offensive to someone. No matter what you say, or what you do, there is no way to not step on someone's toes. The question is are you going to let it be a bigger issue than it should be. If you can honestly look me in the eye and tell me that this random party picture is the catalyst for a new wave anti-Hispanic sentiment across the country I might be willing to hear you out. At this point however, I honestly don't think this is the case. Keep calm and stop making mountains out of molehills.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Mac

      This is higher education? Try mocking some Jews, or if you feel up to it, Muslims. I hear they're hysterical! Very sad.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • carnivore3456

        Why not, if it's good for a laugh. They can mock me. I don't care.

        December 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Heath Slater

        Religions and countries are tow very very different things. Go ahead and mock Canadians or the Irish in this way and see how large the furor is. Spoiler Alert: there won't be any.

        December 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • carnivore3456

      People make plenty of fun of the white folks. Hell, everything these days is the fault of "old white men." It's highly fashionable.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  92. G.A.B.

    And once again, BooHoo, we've hurt someone's feelings, please say "I'm sorry" pack of whiney Americans we have become.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alabamajp

      G.A.B. said..."And once again, BooHoo, we've hurt someone's feelings, please say "I'm sorry" pack of whiney Americans we have become." My role model in life was my piano teacher, whom I never heard say an unkind word about anyone. She always found something to praise before she tole me what I had done wrong. When did we Americans decide that being kind was "political correctness?" I've tried to raise my children to that standard...simply to be kind. I personally think Penn State is handling this correctly, as a teachable moment...something their parents should have done.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dangle13x

      G.A.B. is just bitter because Obama won and the white trash loser has nothing else to argue about.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  93. artdcat

    I don't get it. I don't see a single Mexican looking person in the photo. It appears to me that the people looking at the photo are the stereotypical ones. Can't folks wear sumbraro's and poncho's and not be called a Mexican? And everybody smokes pot in college, don't they?

    December 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • common sense goes a long way

      If there was a hispanic sister, do you think they would have had this party? In case you aren't sure, the answer is no. This type of thing happens a lot but that doesn't mean it isn't wrong.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • David

        of course they would...you know nothing about college

        December 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      No, they don't. I've got an undergraduate degree and a master's degree from an accredited university and never once lit up.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  94. optimistmiser

    Those who are saying this is offensive need to get off of their political correct perches. The political correct are the problem. These young women are just having a nice time in a safe and fun way. Kudos to them for doing so. If the photo had all of them dressed normal and smoking a joint the political correct crowd wouldn't have said anything and probably would be wanting to join in.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • coloradoDad

      Well since they are only trying to have fun I guess its all right. ??

      December 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  95. weezer

    Ay Caramba!

    December 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Matt

    Reminds me of in college, going to Matamoros, Mexico and buying a sombrero, poncho, chicklets, and lots of beer while partying at the local bars with the Mexicans. Wow! These girls wore all of the stuff they purchased (probably form Mexico) and put up two signs (Cheech and Chong esque) and the world is going to end! Grow up! As a 40 year old, I long for the WW2 generation (my grandpas) when you didn't cry about everything that wasn't 100% PC and took life a little less seriously.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  97. boozeboy

    Talk about being blown out of proportion.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Dave

    Nothing wrong with the picture, in fact is there even anything incorrect in the photo? CNN loves to help everyone feel like the victim. If whites are so bad, maybe we should have a little cowboy and indian fun. Whites will be the cowboys and the rest of you can be indians. Any special place you would like your reservation???

    December 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • carnivore3456

      What the media really loves to do is pile on. Penn State's been a punching bag lately. This is just another opportunity to beat on PSU. Tsk, Tsk, you bad and insensitive university, you are below the high morals of CNN.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Matt Minton

    Am I the only one that stereotypes frat females (or males) as sheltered, materialistic, idiotic, self centered , venereal disease having, lack of taste racists?

    December 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Eternal Satyr

      VD can be cured. Everything else is mom and step-dad's fault.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Just because

        That's a stereotype?? Who knew??!!

        December 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • HAHA

      Although you are great at stereotyping, I will still save you a janitorial job at my factory once i graduate. You can thank me later. Political Correctness has gone too far these days, no such thing as tough skin. If this country goes down the drain, you Political Correct folks are going to be the first ones to hit the sewage. A trip back to the wild west days should weed you sissys out.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Matt

    BFD!

    December 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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