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    Dartmouth-nixed 'Phiesta' fundraiser goes online

    Posted: Apr 28, 2014 1:50 PM MDT
    Updated: Apr 28, 2014 1:52 PM MDT
    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - A Dartmouth College fraternity and sorority say they agreed to change a charity fundraiser dubbed "Phiesta" to address concerns about racial insensitivity, but were told by administrators to cancel it.

    Phi Delta Alpha and Alpha Phi canceled Saturday's event after multiple students complained. Phi Delta Alpha president Taylor Cathcart and Alpha Pi president Courtney Wong say the event, which combines the Greek letter Phi with the word "fiesta," wasn't a Mexican-themed party and would have featured non-alcoholic tropical drinks and "globally inspired" burritos.

    The students say they agreed to make changes after hearing about the complaints Thursday, but later were told by email to cancel it. They moved the fundraiser online and had raised $5,000 by Monday afternoon.

    Administrators did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
    What part of this is 'insensitive'? Where I live, "fiesta" is a normal word. Combining it with the the Greek word to brand it as a Greek fundraiser is just normal. Why wouldn't you? Are 'globally inspired burritos' racist? Why? Food truck stuff is all about infusion. Do Spanish-speakers own the concept of tortillas with stuff inside? Who owns the concept of pancakes with stuff inside?

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    And yet no one is concerned about how insensitive this is to Greeks.



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    • #3
      I have no idea why it would be insensitive. Fiesta is just party. Hell, they could have had greek burritos as part of it. Sounds like a catchy little theme.
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      • #4
        San Antonio just finished their annual celebration that runs about 2 weeks, iirc, and it's called Fiesta. In fact, I frequently remark about how much I love SA because the people there are so into celibrating and having a fiesta for just about anything.

        People need to embrace the joy of living instead of hanging the heavy weight of offense around their neck.
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        And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
        may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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        • #5
          The neglected part is that they still raised $5000. I don't care who you are, that is huge and can make a real difference. The opponents were obviously funded better or they don't care.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Michele View Post
            San Antonio just finished their annual celebration that runs about 2 weeks, iirc, and it's called Fiesta. In fact, I frequently remark about how much I love SA because the people there are so into celibrating and having a fiesta for just about anything.

            People need to embrace the joy of living instead of hanging the heavy weight of offense around their neck.
            That does sound fun!

            If I donate a bunch of Pizzas to a local church youth group will the Italian kids protest?

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