Unfortunate news from Cornell University:

I only noticed this because my daughter is a Cornell graduate and I’ve always thought it to be a reasonable and progressive school.

Then this came out in The Cornell Daily Sun:

Allegedly taunting them with references to Trayvon Martin, a group of people on the roof of the Sigma Pi fraternity house reportedly threw bottles and other objects at black students who were walking by the house early Sunday morning, according to several accounts.

Sigma Pi House

Sigma Pi President Zach Smith ’13 said in an email Sunday afternoon that the fraternity has “figured out who the perpetrator was, and will turn his name over to police.” The individual identified was not a brother of the fraternity, he said.

Cornell Chief of Police Kathy Zoner confirmed that people were “reportedly making racial references” and throwing bottles from the roof of Sigma Pi. She added that she could not disclose more information because the investigation, which is being led by Ithaca Police, is ongoing.

Beverly Fonkwo ’14 said she was walking home with a friend when, unprovoked, the group on the fraternity roof began throwing objects that landed near a group walking behind them.

When the people walking behind Fonkwo asked them to stop, the people on top of the fraternity continued to throw objects — including a Jack Daniels that landed near the group behind and an unopened beer can that landed near Fonkwo and her friend — she said.

When they asked them to stop again, the group responded, “‘Come up here, Trayvon,’ and started making all these other racial comments,” Fonkwo said. A black teenager from Florida, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February — a death that was widely perceived as unprovoked and galvanized African American activists across the country.

There’s more in the article, but mostly about Sigma Pi making excuses.

That such a disappointing thing would happen in 2012… that it would use the calling out of Trayvon Martin’s name in a derisive manner… shows me how little we have gained in the last 50 years or so, and how little we have endowed our younger generation with.

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Posted on May 7, 2012, in Announcement, crime, Education, ethics, event, Legal, News, Opinion, quote, Racism, Warning, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It will take a strong statement from the administration (or an even stronger one from the student body as a whole) to get on top of this thing. Here’s hoping they get it right.

  2. Reblogged this on DoubleyooTeeEff and commented:
    Disgusting behavior, and a very discouraging incident – Cornell needs to take care of business and make damn sure they don’t see another situation like this on their campus again.

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