University Of Louisville President Under Fire, After Wearing Poncho And Sombrero At Mexican Themed Halloween Party
James Ramsey, the President of the University of Louisville has apologized for wearing a poncho and sombrero at a Mexican themed Halloween party.
According to the Courier-Journal, the party was hosted by Ramsey and his wife at a mansion used by the university for official events.
— Courier-Journal.com (@courierjournal) October 30, 2015
Reaction from the campus community came quickly and fiercely. The editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Louisville Cardinal Olivia Krauth lambasted Ramsey for his decision making process.
From the Louisville Cardinal:
“There’s a word for this. It’s called racism.
Never mind that if a fraternity threw a party with a Mexican theme and pictures of them in these outfits got out, they would be in huge trouble just like countless other Greek organizations across the country in the past few years.
As the president of a university, I would expect more. As the president of a university currently in the middle of a scandal in the national news, I would expect even more than that. I would expect discretion. I would expect thought and research into whether or not this is considered offensive. Frankly, I would expect more creativity in costume selection. But I guess my expectations are too high for Ramsey.”
This is not the only controversy that the university is facing.
Louisville’s basketball program is also facing allegations that a former graduate assistant paid area call girls to have sex with recruits and players. Grand jury subpoenas have begun to be issued in that case.
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