WESTMINSTER, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — McDaniel College in Westminster says it’s investigating a “CMT versus BET” party thrown by sorority and fraternity members wearing outfits inspired by Country Music Television and Black Entertainment Television.
School spokeswoman Cheryl Knauer says the college didn’t approve the event, which was held off campus in January. She says the college learned of the party in early February and launched an investigation along with the national headquarters of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
The McDaniel Free Press student newspaper reported Wednesday that the women wore cutoff shorts, plaid shirts and boots, while the men wore baggy clothing, chains and backward baseball caps.
Vice President for Student Affairs Beth Gerl said the following in a statement Wednesday:
“McDaniel supports inclusiveness. Any event that promotes negative stereotypes or disrespect of others is reprehensible. The Office of Student Engagement has taken the opportunity to speak with all campus Greek leaders to review the approval process for events, as well as appropriate themes. When an incident like this occurs it is a teachable moment.”
Instagram and Twitter reveal that similarly-themed parties have been held at colleges around the country, including West Virginia University, Western Kentucky University and James Madison University.
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