Loyola U. Maryland Under Fire for Criticism of America Themed Parties
Loyola University Maryland recently told students that America themed parties would be divisive. Now they’re facing a backlash.
The Baltimore Sun reports:
Loyola University Maryland under fire for response to student “USA” party
When administrators at Loyola University Maryland got wind of a planned campus-wide student party with a “Party in the USA” theme, they say they began hearing concerns that students might show up in offensive costumes related to this month’s presidential election.
In a series of emails, administrators urged Student Government Association members sponsoring the party to reconsider the theme, which they characterized as potentially divisive and harmful.
The party nonetheless was held last week, without incident. But the college is under fire by some who think administrators overreached and may even have been unpatriotic.
Word of the administration’s response to the party shocked and disappointed some recent Loyola alumni, including Paul Corrente, who expressed those sentiments in a letter to administrators this week.
“It’s 1,000 college-age kids wanting to show patriotism and show unity,” said Corrente, who graduated with an accounting degree in 2015. “I think it should have nothing to do with the election, and that’s what the SGA’s intention was.”
He said he thought administrators “lost faith in the student body.”
“I think the administration just got lost in what was going on with the election and there were people yelling in their ears about how this could be offensive,” Corrente said.
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