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UC San Diego police are investigating the discovery about 11 p.m. Monday of what appeared to be a white pillowcase that had been crudely reconstituted into a KKK-style hood with a hand-drawn symbol. It was placed on a statue outside the main campus library, and a rose was inserted into the statue's fingers (Showley, 2010).

I strongly condemn the offensive acts of hate and bias that have occurred over the past days. It is deplorable that while our students, faculty and staff work to heal the campus, a few misguided individuals tried to divide it. We are feeling real pain, and we will take real action. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is my primary concern. (Fox, 2010).

Crowds of students stormed and occupied the office of a University of California, San Diego chancellor for six hours Friday after a noose was found hanging from a bookcase in the main library (Goodman, 2010).

A noose was found hanging at the Geisel Library around 10 p.m. Thursday, according to campus police. Officers confirmed after noon Friday that one person was in custody in connection with the act which is considered a crime - hanging a noose with intent to terrorize. The student contacted the UC San Diego police department and admitted to hanging the noose, according to an afternoon news release.

The noose was found hanging on the west side of aisle 3, which faces the windows, according to a UCSD campus police report. The aisle is located in the southwest corner of the seventh floor of the library (Wayland & Stickney, 2010).

UCSD administration held a teach-in on February 24, 2010 to address recent racially-charged events on campus. Halfway through the teach-in, student leaders urged all students in attendance to walk out. The students then held their own teach-in outside of the Price Center.. . . Black Student Union Leader Fnann Keflezighi was invited to speak. . . . "We want to walk out of this university sponsored teach-in because a teach-in is not what is needed right now," Keflezighi told the crowded auditorium. "Right now real action is needed. So please join me in our teach-in and follow me to march out of this room" (Tintocalis, 2010).

Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a Teach-In from noon to 2 p.m. today in the Price Center Ballrooms A & B to engage with fellow UC San Diego community members for a discussion on why racially stereotyped events still occur and the impact of these events in our community (Rue, 2010).

The University of California, San Diego has initiated a campus-wide campaign against racism in the wake of a student party that used a ghetto theme to mockingly commemorate Black History Month.

A web site launched Wednesday outlines the "Battle Hate" campaign that aims to ensure that all students feel "safe, supported and respected" (The Associated Press, 2010).

Another invitation has surfaced on Facebook to an off campus "Compton Party Part Deux" party encouraging partygoers to "come to this party in honor of your favorite cultural stereotype."

The creator of the invite calls the response to the first "Compton Cookout" a misguided call to arms "that has people ignorantly shouting racism, intolerance, hate."

"If your intent is to make fun and not to harm anyone, and you really aren't trying to hurt anyone's feelings, then it's different from trying to cut someone down on purpose," [UCSD Senior and party organizer Mike] Randazzo said.

He claims he has never been to a party that was not a mockery of something.

"On Cinco de Mayo, we have parties making fun of Mexicans; on Veterans Day, we make fun of veterans (yes, the same veterans who uphold our rights to free speech); on St. Patrick's Day we make fun of the Irish. Everyone gets made fun of out of jest now, not hate," the invitation read (Wayland, 2010).

Minority students leaders want administrators to implement a list of 32 demands immediately. They want officials to fix what they call a racial state of emergency. Students say the racially derogatory incidents speak to a larger problem of institutional racism on campus" (Tintocalis, 2010).

At 7:30pm, SRTV aired a segment in which Muir College junior Yelena Akopian interviewed three students who planned to throw a similar "Black History Month" party. The students went on air complaining about the protests and defending their party as protected by the First Amendment.

"After the initial three guys left, the Koala made the topic Black History Month, and they started doing a show that was normal for Koala TV standards," [SRTV manager-in training Panham Morini] said. Over the course of the show, Koala members made controversial comments, linking HIV to sexuality and race, and attacking black protesters of the Cookout (Chen, 2010).

The matter was brought to the attention of Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Penny Rue Monday night by e-mails from concerned students. Fox and Rue sent out a mass e-mail early Tuesday morning condemning the party as "a blatant disregard of our campus values" (Chen, 2010).


The "Compton Cookout" party incited outrage among black students and supporters on campus, who held a Campus Black Forum on Tuesday night to discuss the issue. The forum was hosted by the Students for Affirmative Action Committee, a coalition of diversity-minded campus groups including the Black Student Union (Chen, 2010).


An off-campus party mocking Black History Month, allegedly organized by some members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, was themed "Compton Cookout" and urged attendees to dress and act in a manner perpetuating racist stereotypes (City News Service, 2010).


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