PSU Students Gather to Counter "Mow Lawn" Photo

Student group protests to call for better recruitment & retention of Hispanic students

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    Some Penn State students marched through campus on Thursday to support diversity. This comes after a photo surfaced of sorority sisters at a Mexican-themed party. (Published Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012)

    About two dozen Penn State students have used the uproar over an offensive sorority photo to call for better recruitment and retention of Hispanic students and faculty at the school.

    The group “PSU for All Student Equality” gathered Thursday at the campus administration building after a short, peaceful march.  The walk came a week after a picture of sorority sisters at a Mexican-themed party went viral on the Internet.

    The sisters wore fake mustaches and sombreros. A sign in the photo says "will mow lawn for weed + beer."

    Student organizer Manuel Figueroa says the picture was a catalyst for an event focusing on broader issues of social inequality. He says he'd like to see a school-wide ethnic studies requirement.

    The Chi Omega sorority has apologized and was put on probation by its national chapter but won't face any Penn State sanctions. 


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