Today a Penn State sorority is feeling the weight of a poor decision made a couple months ago. In the released picture the women of Chi Omega are posed as stereotypical Mexican immigrants, donning sombreros and fake mustaches. Two ladies at the front of the snapshot are holding signs reading “Will mow lawn for weed and beer” and “I don’t cut grass, I smoke it”.
Sorority president Jessica Riccardi has issued a public apology stating, “Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes. The picture in question does not support any of Chi Omega’s values or reflect what the organization aspires to be.”
Lisa Powers, who is the director of public information at Penn State, spoke to Yahoo News and said, “The students in the photo are within their First Amendment rights to express themselves in this way although we are certainly appalled that they would display this level of insensitivity and lack of judgment.”
She continued, “These costumes and this group do not represent fraternity and sorority life at Penn State, nor the 95,000 students who attend our university. The Chi Omega sorority sisters have expressed deep remorse over this incident.”
Despite the sorority and university’s regret, the photo is under investigation.