McDaniel College probes ‘CMT vs. BET’ event

WESTMINSTER — McDaniel College in Westminster says it’s investigating a “CMT versus BET” party thrown by sorority and fraternity members wearing outfits inspired by Country Music Television and Black Entertainment Television.

Vice President for Student Affairs Beth Gerl said in a statement Wednesday that “any event that promotes negative stereotypes or disrespect of others is reprehensible.”

Spokeswoman Cheryl Knauer says the college didn’t approve the event held off campus in January. She says the college learned of the party in early February and launched an investigation along with the national headquarters of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

The McDaniel Free Press student newspaper reported Wednesday that the women wore cutoff shorts, plaid shirts and boots, while the men wore baggy clothing, chains and backward baseball caps.

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