Penn State Sorority Closes 14 Months After Racist Photo Surfaces

After a racist photo hit national news in 2012, a sorority at Penn State University is shutting down. The Nu Gamma Chapter of Chi Omega at Penn State received a ton of backlash after they held a Halloween event in which they dressed up in sombreros and mustaches with signs reading, "Will mow lawn for weed + beer," and "I don't cut grass I smoke it." The photo didn't hit the internet rounds until that December, at which time they were put on probation by the national office of Chi Omega.

The sorority wasn't punished (other than being put on probation) following the incident, but now, after a visit in early February, the organization is leaving campus. The sorority's national organization released this statement: 

"Members of Nu Gamma Chapter have participated in activities that are not congruent with Chi Omega's values and purposes. Chi Omega alumnae volunteers and Executive Headquarters staff members have worked closely with the chapter members to provide the highest level of support in order to move the chapter forward. However, many members did not adhere to the mandated requirements."

Penn State Panhellenic President Meaghan DeMallie told PennLive that the sorority was closed because of the aftermath of the photo. 

"I think there's been a disconnect between what the national headquarters' policies are and what the culture at Penn State is," DeMallie said. "I don't think [the photo] is the direct reason, it's more what’s happened since then, and they may not have grown as much as the national organization wanted."

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