The Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority had their annual fundraiser benefit cardiac treatments canceled after one student complained that the party’s theme “Phi-esta” is racially insensitive.
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Problems arose because a single student, junior Daniela Hernandez, was offended by the party’s theme of “Phiesta.”
As a result, the soiree, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled by the presidents of the respective Greek organizations.
Had the party happened, it would have included a live band as well as virgin piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris. There would also have been burritos, chips and salsa, and guacamole.
“We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser,” Cathcart told The Dartmouth.
All proceeds would have gone toward cardiac care, according to the Facebook invitation.
Greek members held an informal meeting to discuss insensitivity in response to the event.
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