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Jenna Johnson

Party theme: Racism
Last weekend a group of fraternity members at the University of California, San Diego, threw a party that mocked Black History Month. The Facebook invite to the "Compton Cookout" told guests to wear chains, don cheap clothes and speak very loudly, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. News of the party angered and disgusted students, and the university chancellor said in a statement that she strongly condemns the "offensively themed student party." But school officials have no plans to discipline the students because the party occurred off campus, the Union-Tribune reports.

The LA Times reports that part of the invite read: "Ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes... They also have short, nappy hair, and usually wear cheap weave, usually in bad colors, such as purple or bright red. They look and act similar to Shenaynay, and speak very loudly, while rolling their neck, and waving their finger in your face. Ghetto chicks have a very limited vocabulary, and attempt to make up for it, by forming new words, such as "constipulated", or simply cursing persistently, or using other types of vulgarities, and making noises, such as "hmmg!", or smacking their lips, and making other angry noises, grunts, and faces."

Ding-dong! It's 10:22?
As you walk around the University of Maryland campus, the bells in the Memorial Chapel bell tower will help you keep track of time. Sort of. The bells are broken and in need of refurbishing. So instead of ringing at a helpful time, like at every hour or half-past every hour, they ring 22 minutes after each hour. Loudly. Day and night. School officials are debating fixing the bell tower so that it rings at more appropriate times and annoys students less, The Diamondback reports.

Keep warm...
At George Washington University, two feet of snow and a six-day weekend meant a lot of huge parties -- and a dozen liquor law violations, The GW Hatchet reports.

Admissions gets nasty
The University of Illinois has logged 10 incidents this school year of outside parties trying to insert themselves into the admissions process, The Chicago Tribune reports. The list of offenders includes a high school English teacher who sent an unsolicited recommendation letter, an employee of the University of Illinois Foundation who sought to attend a meeting between his relative and admissions staff, and a mother who "gave veiled threats" about contacting her congressman if her child wasn't admitted.

Gun club
The student government at a Pennsylvania community college has granted preliminary approval for a student group that would advocate for the right to carry conceal weapons on campus, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Last spring college leaders tried to stop students from organizing a local chapter of the national group, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

Financial aid split
Dozens of Missouri college students packed into a hearing room Wednesday to debate how the state splits $83 million in financial aid between 43,000 college students. Four years ago, the state brokered an unusual deal that gives private school attendees twice as much money as those at public institutions, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Tourist attractions
Palo Alto, home of Stanford University, has launched a massive tourism campaign in hopes of attracting visitors -- but so far, no one seems to want to visit, The Wall Street Journal reports.

By Jenna Johnson  |  February 18, 2010; 10:34 AM ET
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