A Dartmouth fraternity and sorority had to put the kibosh on a fundraising party because of the alleged offensiveness of the party’s theme.
The Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority wanted to raise money for people suffering from cardiac problems by throwing a Cinco de Mayo themed party last Saturday. It sounded like a simple party, even by fraternities’ unusually raucous standards. The party would have served its guests alcohol-free piña coladas and daiquiris and chips as guests mingled and threw money into the hat for their worthy cause. Dartmouth student Daniela Hernandez, however, too issue with the college-sanctioned fundraiser–noting that the holiday is also “the exploitation of groups of people and cultures for the sake of business opportunities.”
The fraternity president wasted no time in canceling the fundraiser altogether because “We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser.” Which might have been a really epic way of commenting upon the more absurd aspects of this in a passive-aggressive manner.
Of course, racial insensitivity is a big concern among college campuses. There have been serious issues with fraternities throwing offensive racially=themed keggers that look like they were organized by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. We always end up having mixed feelings about this kind of thing–but we understand the frat just deciding that it’s time to say “screw it” in today’s atmosphere. They could’ve found a new concept for the party, and then had to deal with people saying that it’s offensive to serve food that contained unreasonably high levels of salt content and high fructose corn syrup.