Posted on February 18, 2010

UCSD Frat Denies Involvement in ‘Ghetto-Themed’ Party

KGTV (San Diego), February 17, 2010

Administrators at the University of California, San Diego are condemning a weekend ghetto-themed party thrown off-campus by fraternity students to mock Black History Month, but they aren’t likely to discipline anyone, it was reported Wednesday.

The so-called “Compton Cookout” event urged all participants to wear chains, don cheap clothes and speak very loudly, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Female participants were encouraged to be “ghetto chicks.”

“It’s insulting, it’s derogatory, we’re being made fun of, we’re being made a mockery of and we’re not being taken seriously,” said UCSD student Elize Diop, who is black.

The invitation read, “For those of you who are unfamiliar with ghetto chicks–Ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes . . . ,” the Union-Tribune reported.


Jeff Gattas, the UCSD executive director of communications and public affairs, told the Union-Tribune that because the event wasn’t sanctioned by the university or run by a student organization, university officials don’t have a reason to penalize party hosts.

Campus chancellor Marye Anne Fox learned about the party Tuesday and reacted by e-mailing a statement to the university’s student body and staff, according to the newspaper, which reported less than 2 percent of UCSD’s undergraduates are black.


The university publicly identified the party planners only as a group of students but in an e-mail obtained by the Union-Tribune from Gary Ratcliff, assistant vice chancellor for student life, the event was linked to Pi Kappa Alpha.


Read The Invitation To The “Compton Cook Out,” As Posted On Facebook:

“February marks a very important month in American society. No, i’m not referring to Valentines day or Presidents day. I’m talking about Black History month. As a time to celebrate and in hopes of showing respect, the Regents community cordially invites you to its very first Compton Cookout.

For guys: I expect all males to be rockin Jersey’s, stuntin’ up in ya White T (XXXL smallest size acceptable), anything FUBU, Ecko, Rockawear, High/low top Jordans or Dunks, Chains, Jorts, stunner shades, 59 50 hats, Tats, etc.

For girls: For those of you who are unfamiliar with ghetto chicks-Ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes–they consider Baby Phat to be high class and expensive couture. 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. The objective is for all you lovely ladies to look, act, and essentially take on these “respectable” qualities throughout the day.


Read The Full Statement From UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox:



University of California, San Diego



February 16, 2010


SUBJECT: Condemnation of Off-Campus Party and Affirmation of Principles of Community

We were distressed to learn that over the weekend an offensively themed student party, mocking the commemoration of Black History Month, took place off campus. {snip}


Pi Kappa Alpha Denies Any Involvement With Party:

The UCSD chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity denies any association with the controversial “Compton Cookout” party held by a “group of [UCSD] students”, identified by the University. Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) strongly condemns such actions and prejudices as the fraternity prides itself of representing a diverse cross-section of the UCSD student body.