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Sorority Members at University of Southern Mississippi Put On Probation After Blackface Incident

Six members of the Phi Mu sorority at the University of Southern Mississippi have been placed on probation after dressing in blackface for a 1980s-themed costume party.
The women were portraying members of the Huxtable family from “The Cosby Show”. Both the university and the sorority have confirmed the incident and have taken measures to rectify it.
The vice president of student affairs, Joe Paul, reports that executive members of Phi Mu and the six unidentified women met with African-American student leaders on Sunday.
More disciplinary action may be taken against the students, reports the Huffington Post.The chapter is expected to host a diversity appreciation program on campus.

Lauryn is a senior at Northeastern University majoring in journalism. She has written for Boston.com as well as the HC branch at Northeastern. Lauryn is also a teaching assistant for International Affairs students at Northeastern. In May and June of 2011, she embarked on a reporting trip to the Middle East, where she mastered the art of "man on the street" reporting and gained a new appreciation for falafel. In her spare time, Lauryn enjoys writing, walking around Boston aimlessly, traveling and a unhealthy obsession with her Kindle. She loves eating, French bulldogs and Anderson Cooper. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in foreign correspondence or magazine journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @laurynpaiva.
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