Saturday, December 06, 2003


Some satirical hijinks at a private party are now being attacked by officials at Penn State University

Pictures posted on the personal Web site of College Republicans chair Brian Battaglia spurred a strong response from student groups and university officials yesterday, with some calling for his resignation. The photographs, taken at a private Halloween party at Battaglia's apartment, show multiple students in what Battaglia called "controversial or politically charged costumes," which included portrayals of Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Vice President Takkeem Morgan, an "oversodomized frat pledge," "sorostitutes," a "liberal hippie" and a member of the Ku Klux Klan....

University spokesman Bill Mahon sent a statement to Battaglia yesterday, calling for an official apology from him and others in the organization....

Covener said any university action against the College Republicans would most likely end up in court. "This was a private party. The university has no business regulating what goes on in somebody's apartment," he said.

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