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Texas A&M Embarrassed by ‘Ghetto Party’

January 18, 2003

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ Texas A&M University officials are trying to stop some students’ plans to mark Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with an-off campus party at which guests are encouraged to mimic stereotypes about blacks.

``It’s hard to understand how students could live in today’s world and think a party playing on stereotypes of African-Americans would be acceptable,″ said Ron Sasse, director of dormitories at the College Station campus, where 85 percent of the students are white and 3 percent are black.

Fliers at the Walton Hall dormitory advertised the event and encouraged partygoers to mimic stereotypes and ``think ghetto.″

Sasse said he told students Friday that the party would be canceled. But because the party would be off-campus and it was not clear who was organizing it, it was not clear whether that order would be followed.

The university is investigating whether school rules were violated. Walton Hall dorm officials said their staff had no role in the party.

College Station is about 80 miles northwest of Houston.

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