Cal Poly partiers accused of racism
November 21, 2013
Cal Poly officials are investigating an alleged gathering of “Colonial Bros and Nava-Hos” that took place last week at an off-campus location. [Tribune]
The fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa is accused of hosting a party last Friday in which men attended in colonial-era costumes and women came dressed in sexually explicit Native American-themed garb. Campus groups and individuals have made complaints that the party was offensive to Native Americans, as well as to women.
Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong decried the party in a university-wide email Tuesday.
“Let us be clear, events like these have no place in the Cal Poly community and are not reflective of the principles of the Mustang Way,” Armstrong wrote. “Obviously, this was not a university sponsored event”
In the email Armstrong announced that the university would host a forum to address the incident. It will take place Friday at noon in Chumash Auditorium Room 204.
Armstrong promised that the university would focus on supporting people who feel negatively affected by the party.
In 2008, Cal Poly closed down the university-owned Crops House after a Halloween party at the home contained a noose depiction, a Confederate flag and a sign with derogatory language toward blacks, gays and hippies.