Feb 7 2013, 2:58pm CST | by Jeffrey B. Roth
Kappa Sigma held the party, at which, a number of students were photographed wearing Asian attire. The invitation, sent by email, used intentional phonetic misspellings of words, such as “Herro” for hello; and, “Chank you,” for thank you. Pictures were later posted on Facebook.
Students planning the protest are calling the fraternity party a “racist rager.” A trio of senior students from Duke's Asian Students Associations distributed fliers around the campus which contained copies of the fraternity's invitation and one of the photos which has contributed to the controversy.
A caption of the flier states: “If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.” Ashley Tsai, a member of the Asian Students Associations, in an interview with the campus newspaper, The Chronicle, said that racist attitudes are a consistent theme on campus.
So far, more than 700 students are expected to attend the protest rally. A Penn State University sorority party last year, that was Mexican-themed; and, in which members donned ponchos, sombreros and mustaches, caused a similar controversy. A sign held by one sorority sister stated “Will Mow Lawn for Weed + Beer.” Another sign said “I Don't Cut Grass, I Smoke It.”
Jeffrey B. Roth
A multi-award winning writer, Jeffrey B. Roth is a well-known investigative reporter, who covers crime, law, politics, sciences, business, medicine, education, history and a wide range of other topics. In 2010, Roth won first place for a new series in the Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A published short story writer and poet, Roth is listed in the Locus Index of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Currently, Roth writes for CBS Philadelphia, CBS Baltimore, the Philadelphia Examiner and regional publications, including Carroll Magazine, Carroll Business Quarterly and Hagerstown Magazine to name a few. In the past, Roth, a former crisis intervention counselor and teacher, has written for numerous Pennsylvania newspapers, state and national magazines and the Associated Press. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Gettysburg, Pa.
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