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DU warns against Halloween costumes "making fun" of people -- administrators included

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Not allowed.
The University of Colorado is not the only school to take a scary interest in what its students will be wearing for Halloween.

Although CU's memo urging students to avoid "inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other people's cultures" -- including any hillbilly or ghetto outfits -- has been roundly mocked across the country, that response did not discourage the University of Denver from getting into the politically correct game.

So put away that coonskin cap: If Denver Boone, the school's longtime mascot, isn't "inclusive" enough to remain a symbol of the university, it's a cinch that a Boone costume won't be welcome at DU tonight.

Here's the wardrobe word from Patricia S. Helton, associate provost for Student Life, in a letter sent to DU students on October 29:

Dear members of the University of Denver student community:

With the end of October drawing near, many within our community will be celebrating Halloween and incorporating this theme into their activities. These celebrations provide opportunities for students to socialize as well as make a positive contribution to our community.

Halloween can also be a time when the normal thoughtfulness and sensitivity of DU students can be forgotten and some poor decisions are made. So, if you are planning to dress up for Halloween, or will be attending any social gatherings planned for this weekend, we encourage you to think on these questions before deciding upon your costume choice:

Are you wearing a funny costume? Is the humor based on "making fun" of real people, human traits or cultures?

Are you wearing a historical costume? If this costume is meant to be historical, does it further misinformation or historical and cultural inaccuracies?

Are you wearing a 'cultural' costume? Does this costume reduce cultural differences to jokes or stereotypes?

Could someone take offense with your costume and why?

The University of Denver is a great university dedicated to the public good, and one of the core values we all share is inclusivity. While students have the right to express themselves, we hope that you actively avoid circumstances that threaten our sense of community or disrespect, alienate or ridicule segments of our population based on race, nationality, religious belief or gender expression.

We encourage you and your friends to show you DU Spirit!

In Pioneer Spirit,

Patricia S. Helton, PhD
Associate Provost for Student Life

What's a more appropriate appropriate costume to wear at DU tonight? How about going as a big bag of money? After all, DU never turns down a dollar....

Boulder students could do a lot worse than a geisha or white trash outfit this Halloween season. How about dressing as Ward Churchill? Or Chip the gangsta mascot? Don't miss "More politically incorrect costumes for CU's list."



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Heaven Northrop
Heaven Northrop

I live blocks from DU and I can tell you there were plenty of politically\ incorrect costumes out and about last night but hey it is halloween it is supposed to be fun.

Wesley Honegger
Wesley Honegger

People who wear costumes to make fun of other people come off as douche bags, I say let them.

John Lambert
John Lambert

let's see what they're wearing I'm curious

AgendaBuster
AgendaBuster

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These schools are out turning American youth into good little commies, so these kids better follow directions. It's the Socialist thing to do!

Now go out there and sign up at the Insurance Exchange, America want's your money!!!

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

EVERY costume makes fun of someone. Quit being so butthurt over everything.

Ski Steve
Ski Steve

Pcu. Man up babies. The world's a tough place lol.

Matt Quast
Matt Quast

What a bunch of pussies. Oh wait, I just made fun of them didn't I?

Andrea Blackman
Andrea Blackman

EIt is not about political correctness at all. It's about treating humans with dignety and respect. No matter what you try to call it when you use another culture, race or religion as a costume it is wrong, racist and sad if you as "educated" adults cannot understand this simple concept. I am offended and pissed off everytime I see some ignorant non native dressed as pocahottie or indian warrior. My race and culture are not a costume and any blood native aware of tribal struggle with be as angry and offended. It isn't just a costume it is my culture, beliefs and you are not honoring us you are perpetuating a stereotype and continuing a 300 year racial genocide. So go as an indian sure I look just like you, go as a hispanic jeans a tshirt...do it and educate people about apropriation, genocide and racism....or go as an ignorant racist...whatever you are wearing now will do. I think it is a wise move for CU and DU to help teach respect, sadly from the comments it is still needed!

Ryan Terpstra
Ryan Terpstra

Who gives a shit if you're offended? That's your problem, not someone else's.

Cameron Marmolejo
Cameron Marmolejo

we were actually having a laugh about this yesterday in class when we thought it was only CU but apparently DU is being just as silly..sad

Gabriel Black Elk
Gabriel Black Elk

I think some are offensive! And somebody needs to get the shit slapped out of them.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

Honestly I think this country has bigger problems to resolve than this...

Adam Laarsen
Adam Laarsen

I think they're a bunch of whiny bitches who can't take a joke. "I'm offended." really means, "I can't control my emotions therefore I demand you listen to me and control them for me."

Toby Hartman
Toby Hartman

One by One our holidays are disappearing.

trackick
trackick

@Toby Hartman 

Well - in the case of "Adult Halloween" I have no problem with that

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