A bunch of classy sorority girls from Indiana University's Kappa Delta chapter carefully smudged dirt on their faces and fake-begged for food, money and prayers during a homeless-themed party this week.
We thought we'd seen it all after Penn State's Chi Omegas donned sombreros, fake mustaches and signs proclaiming "Will Mow Lawn For Weed + Beer" and "I Don't Cut Grass I Smoke It." How much lower could spoiled sorority girls go?
A few rungs lower, judging from these photos of blonde girls wearing cutoff shorts and plaid shirts with expertly-applied "dirt" smudges on their cheeks (it's very middle school production of Oliver!) holding signs including: "Why lie? It's for BOOZE. Homeless need $ and prayers." "Will Twerk…" and "Give me a nickel and I'll tickle your pickle."
The Indiana University student who sent us these photos gave us some background:
Just so you know, Bloomington, IN (home of IU) has a disproportionately high homeless population. They're typically the target of a lot of shit from students. They get treated pretty badly. It's actually really sad—one of the places homeless people tend to hang out is right across from the most popular student bar in Bloomington, and on pretty much any given night, you can hear students loudly ridiculing the homeless population while they sip their drinks. Students will be out canning for money for their big national philanthropies, but when a homeless person asks for a quarter, they'll tell him or her to get a job. The greek system here does do a lot of philanthropic work, but homelessness, which is one of the biggest local problems we have, and a problem that the greek system has the opportunity to really help, is completely ignored.
We recently asked Duke students why frat bros and sorority girls are so drawn to racist, sexist and otherwise fucked-up theme parties.
"Dressing up in a ludicrous summation of an entire people and culture just seems like another crazy risk, getting laughs from your peers for creativity or absurdity," one told us. "It is laced with the subversive, your parents wouldn't approve, you wouldn't put it on your resume, but for awhile 'but it's college!' is enough of an excuse for a lot of questionable behavior."
"Sometimes it feels like the greek community is a completely separate population," our Indiana tipster wrote, "a place where all of the rich white kids on campus can go play and indulge their racist tendencies and their classist and sexist urges without the threat of anyone catching them or punishing them."
...unless you post your photos on Facebook so all your friends can see how adorbs you look slumming it.