- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 17, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A group of first-year law students at the University of Texas at Austin has been chided by the dean for participating in a “Ghetto Fabulous”-themed costume party and posting pictures from it online.

“Among the many ways to happily party in Austin, this particular one was singularly heedless and odious,” Dean Larry Sager said in an e-mail to the law school’s student body.

Nick Transier, a first-year student who attended the party in September and posted pictures on his Web site, said nobody meant to offend anyone of any race.

“We had no intention by any measure to choose a group or class of people and make fun of them,” he said.

But the photos — in which partygoers carried 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor and wore Afro wigs — upset some black law students, said Sophia Lecky, president of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, a group that aims to improve the academic and social climate for black UT law students.

Mr. Sager met with about 18 students who were at the party and said he is convinced that they didn’t think their actions would offend classmates. No disciplinary action was planned.

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