Sorority sisters reported for singing Kanye song at party

The University of New Hampshire’s Alpha Phi Sorority was briefly under threat of investigation over a video showing party-goers singing along to Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.”

The video was initially reported by an organization known as “All Eyes on UNH,” a group that seeks to “expose injustices” at the school, which called the 11-second Snapchat a “showcase of ignorance.”

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“The girls sing the n-word without thinking of the implications,” the group said of the video showing dozens of sorority members dancing at a house party. “This is a showcase of ignorance and that the Panhellenic Council should do better in combating racism. The first step is addressing willful ignorance.”

In response, the university issued a September 19 statement saying it had been made aware of the video and was proceeding with an investigation.

“The use of that word runs counter to our values. Moreover, it is a word that diminishes members of our community,” Dean of Students John Kirkpatrick remarked in a statement, adding that “the posting has been reported to the national chapter” and that “both the university and the national chapter are investigating the matter.”

The sorority later issued a September 20 apology, asking the university to “please accept our sincere apology for the behaviors in the video.”

“Alpha Phi does not condone or endorse this type of behavior and we will work to educate our membership on the societal implications and the impact that these types of incidents have on our communities,” the statement continued, again apologizing for “this act of willful ignorance and lack of consideration.”

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As a result, the university announced Thursday night that it would not pursue disciplinary action, calling the apology sufficient, The Tab reports, sparking outrage from All Eyes on UNH.

“UNH has decided to take the side of Alpha Phi and not the students of color who are most affected by this incident,” the group declared in a subsequent statement. “The dean of students told students of color that UNH would be investigating the video. This is another failed promise to student of color.”

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