|(above) Hey Kids, you're violating DU's "Diversity Statement"|
Chancellor Coombe's PC Police are on patrol again and this time their failed priorities have made the Denver Post and Westword newspapers. A recent fraternity & sorority Cowboys & Indians party supposedly belittled Native American students' culture and spirituality, and the theme party also violated the University of Denver's "Diversity Statement."
If you're wondering why DU jacked up student tuition 3.5% next year, you only have to read the Denver Post article. DU actually has a paid "Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence." What this person actually does for $50,000 a year in salary and benefits was on full display in the Post article.
Back at the "Tepee Party" on the Driscoll Lawn, more than 100 students and other onlookers watched and listened as a succession of speakers described an ongoing lack of respect for Native Americans that includes continued use of stereotypes.
Westword has the details of the offending event that caused the uproar.
"An unusual event will took place yesterday on the University of Denver campus -- one prompted by another unusual event. At 4 p.m., students and administrators gathered near a tepee on Driscoll Green as representatives of two Greek Life organizations publicly apologized for a Cowboys and Indians theme party DU's Native Student Alliance dubs "piercingly offensive."
The bash, which took place on February 25, was sponsored by the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority. Attendees were encouraged to outfit themselves as either cowboys or Indians. Those who made the latter choice donned what an Alliance release describes as "phony headdresses, face paint, loincloths and all manner of stereotypical viciousness."
DU administrators have spent the past six years running around banning Boone logos & mascots on campus, suspending a tenured professor for mentioning masterbation in class, embarrassing students who wear costumes to parties and holding mandatory dorm meetings every time some Freshman makes a homophobic comment.
As a recent DU Clarion editorial points out, just because DU is bending over backwards to admit minority students from elite private high schools or the children of wealthy Third-World industrialists doesn't really mean you are championing diversity.
"Inclusive Excellence" at the University of Denver has been, is now and will always be a complete failure. It hasn't increased minority enrollment, has made a mockery of diversity and is costing DU students a ton in wasted tuition. And now this story is sure to be picked up by newspapers around the country further tarnishing DU's good name.
The problem is a failed policy, not racist students.