UCSD condemns ‘offensively themed’ fraternity party

UC San Diego administrators are condemning a weekend ghetto-themed party thrown off-campus by fraternity students to mock Black History Month, but they aren’t likely to discipline anyone, it was reported Wednesday.

The so-called Compton Cookout event urged all participants to wear chains, don cheap clothes and speak very loudly, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Female participants were encouraged to be “ghetto chicks.”

The invitation read, “For those of you who are unfamiliar with ghetto chicks — Ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes ...,” the Union-Tribune reported.

Jeff Gattas, the UCSD executive director of communications and public affairs, told the Union-Tribune that because the event wasn’t sanctioned by the university or run by a student organization, university officials don’t have a reason to penalize party hosts.

Campus chancellor Marye Anne Fox learned about the party Tuesday and reacted by e-mailing a statement to the university’s student body and staff, according to the newspaper, which reported less than 2 percent of UCSD’s undergraduates are black.

“We were distressed to learn that over the weekend an offensively themed student party, mocking the commemoration of Black History Month, took place off campus,” her statement read. “We strongly condemn this event and the blatant disregard of our campus values.”

The university publicly identified the party planners only as a group of students but in an e-mail obtained by the Union-Tribune from Gary Ratcliff, assistant vice chancellor for student life, the event was linked to Pi Kappa Alpha.

“It was not an official Pike event, but the students who posted it on Facebook were members of Pike and other frats,” he wrote, the newspaper reported.