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Duke suspends frat that hosted controversial party

Posted February 12, 2013

— Duke University has suspended the school's chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, which hosted a party earlier this month that some viewed as racially insensitive.

But Larry Moneta, vice president of student affairs, says the suspension has to do with other issues that are now being investigated and has nothing to do with the party. He would not elaborate.

The future of the university's chapter, he said, will be decided by Duke leaders, with input from the fraternity's parent organization.

Last week, Kappa Sigma suspended the chapter after photos surfaced of party-goers wearing Asian-style clothing, including a conical straw hat, and a party invite with the salutation, "Herro Nice Duke Peopre."

The chapter's president apologized in a written letter to the student newspaper, but the Asian Students Association filed a formal complaint and held a rally, calling on Duke to establish a task force to deal with incidents like the party.


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  • Dan Cooper Feb 13, 2013

    South Park wins an Emmy and a frat is suspended for the same behavior

  • Good Bye WRAL Feb 13, 2013

    Frat drew attention to itself and now are being investigated for other 'inappropriate' college social errors, no doubt. I think I'll look around today and if anybody dresses like me or talk like me, I'll just file a formal complaint somewhere and get them to stop. The madness must stop! Quit acting like me! It degrades me - obviously, so obviously! .... whaaaaat?!

  • common tater Feb 13, 2013

    Life-goes-on has it right. We're going to have to amend the constitution ...to guarantee freedom of speech, unless it happens to offend someone.

  • jscott13 Feb 13, 2013

    Yes slappy excellent point. This business of labeling the silliest things as racism must stop and the toga analogy is so appropriate. These kids are in school, not out robbing and killing people. Count your blessings.

  • dwntwnboy2 Feb 13, 2013

    This is just silliness. Let the asian students hold a "hillbilly" party if they want. This is just more PC silliness run amuck. Most of those frat boys will be working for the asian guys before it's all said and done anyhow! LOL

  • Life-goes-on. Feb 13, 2013

    Really? I guess the only politically correct target that is acceptable now is a southern white male under 50... anyone else will sue. Get a life people.

  • Just another bad guy Feb 13, 2013

    Great point slappy. The Greeks will sue. They are already mad about the use of their alphabet.

  • Disabled Vet Feb 13, 2013

    What a load of bull! These little sissies would've had a cow if they'd seen the parties that went on in the sixties, seventies and even the eighties! This whole "PC" junk has gotten so far out of hand that it is bloody rediculous!

  • Slappy171 Feb 12, 2013

    Better think twice about that next toga party you plan.....