ASU frat suspended for controversial MLK party
PHOENIX, AZ (CNN) – A fraternity at Arizona State University is in trouble after hosting a so-called “MLK Black Party.”
School officials have suspended tau kappa epsilon’s chapter operations while they investigate the party.
Greg Argos has more on some of the more shocking incidents that occurred at the party.
With frat members and guests dressed like this.
Holding these watermelon cups.
And hastags like #hood #myboymartin #killem and #ihaveadream.
It’s no wonder many students at ASU are upset.
Kaajal Koranteng, ASU Senior: I find it offensive.
I think this represents the ignorance that still exists today.
They’re just really offensive. I just don’t like it at all.
The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity held the party Sunday night.
A concerned student tipped us off by email and now TKE’s national chapter is sending a team from Indianapolis to investigate.
Voice Of: Patrick Gleason, Dir. Compliance and Housing, Tau Kappa Epsilon: I’ll be meeting with the school as well as the local chapter.
Patrick Gleason is the director of compliance and housing for the fraternity and he’s had to deal with problems at the chapter here at ASU before.
The group was just reinstated this past December after ASU suspended the chapter for fights and other violations.
But some students say maybe TKE should just stay away.
Frank Hogan, ASU senior: It wasn’t right.
It was inappropriate.
And they’re looking forward to seeing what’s done to those who hosted this party.
We are working to remedy this issue and hold those parties who are responsible, responsible for their actions.
I think that’s a very good idea.
They obviously need to be checked on what they’re doing, how they’re acting, how they’re presenting themselves, not only as a fraternity of brothers, but as people.