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‘Ghetto Party’ At Fairfield University Stirs Emotions

February 23rd, 2016 · 9 Comments · Education, News and Events

Several Bridgeport residents, including students, have weighed  in on the so-called “Ghetto Party” organized by Fairfield University students on Saturday.

George Mintz, president of the Bridgeport chapter of the NAACP, said he was waiting to learn more before commenting.

“We’re trying to find out … what was the party, was it planned by an organization and how were people notified to be invited?” Mintz said.

Carolyn Vermont, director of urban initiatives for Connecticut Against Gun Violence, is a Fairfield alumna and former university trustee. She called von Arx directly after seeing on social media what transpired and said he seem genuinely concerned.

“Whether it was insensitivity or a mean-spirited prank, it shows we have a lot of work to do,” Vermont said. “It’s symptomatic of an insensitivity to race across the country, not just at Fairfield University,” Vermont said.

Vermont said when she went to Fairfield University in the 1980s, the minority population on campus was barely 1 percent of the student body. Fairfield has made an effort in recent years to boost its minority student population, which now stands at 17 percent.

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  • JMart

    Look, even the kids see Bridgeport as having no pride, no community.

  • Donald Day

    I think this is kids of white privilege who think, feel and believe they no longer have to comport themselves with dignity and empathy. They see their political leaders doing more vitriolic, divisive and ugly things than this so what’s the problem? It appears the ugliness of conservatism in America has captured the imagination and the heart of some of those of white privilege who attend Fairfield U.

  • Frank Gyure

    I see these Fairfield University students when I go shopping at Stop & Shop in Fairfield Circle. Bunch of spoiled brats. Go on a Friday/Saturday evening and it’s lines buying beer. I think the Jesuits need a crackdown. There have been years of problems of drunkeness and bad behavior at Fairfield Beach houses they rent. Just because they go to a Catholic University does not make them saints. Fairfield University has become upscale and now Sacred Heart University is doing the same.

  • Steven Auerbach

    This is just painfully embarrassing. A Jesuit University, no less. A University that offers free scholarships to many Bridgeport students. How does one of high intelligence reach young adulthood and publicly embarrass themselves, their families and the religious institution they pay a fortune to attend? Not all black people are responsible for others’ behavior and not all white people are responsible for insensitive ignorance of other white people. We will all be judged according to our deeds and actions. I want the school to publicly apologize and punish this ignorance!

  • Mojo

    *** IT’S EASY TO POLK FUN AT LIFE’S ISSUES, WHETHER LIFESTYLES, FASHIONS, MUSIC, RACE DIFFERENCES, EDUCATION OR LACK OF, MONEY, ETC. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND STILL SOMEWHAT IMMATURE IN THE OVERALL STRUGGLES OF LIFE AND WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT A YEAR OR TWO RIGHT AFTER HIGH SCHOOL! WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND STILL IN SCHOOL AND AWAY FROM PARENTS’ AUTHORITY IT’S ANYTHING GOES, NO? *** TRAILER TRASH PARTY, TOGA PARTY, PAJAMA PARTY, UNDERWEAR PARTY, SUPER HERO PARTY, HILLBILLY PARTY, AND ON AND ON, GET IT? *** BESIDES, WHY CAN’T WE ALL GET ALONG, ESE? ***

  • Mojo

    *** A LOCAL IMMATURE COLLEGE STUDENT’S KEG PARTY; HELD OFF CAMPUS WITH THE PARTY THEME CALLED “GHETTO PARTY” AND IT STIRS EMOTIONS? REALLY? DRUGS, BULLYING, GROUP RAPES, SUICIDES, CAMPUS RACIST ISSUES, STUDENT WEBSITE PORNOGRAPHY, STUDENT/STAFF AFFAIRS, ANTI-GAYS OR MINORITIES, ETC. HAPPENINGS IN COLLEGE CAMPUSES ACROSS AMERICA SHOULD BE STIRRING EMOTIONS, NOT SILLY COLLEGE KEG PARTIES WITH THEME NAMES LIKE TOGA PARTY, TRAILER TRASH PARTY, GAY PARTY, UNDERWEAR PARTY, SUPERHERO PARTY, HILLBILLY PARTY, VATO’S LOCO PARTY, HIP-HOP/RAP PARTY, ETC. LET’S KEEP IT REAL AND CONCENTRATE ON THE MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT ARE REALLY AFFECTING COLLEGE CAMPUSES ACROSS AMERICA, NO? *** OUT OF TOUCH! ***

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