- The Washington Times - Monday, November 21, 2016

Students at Loyola University Maryland were recently pressured to abort plans for an “America”-themed party over concerns they might “oppress” others.

An annual “Senior 200s” celebration organized by Loyola’s student government became a cause for concern after Republican Donald Trump’s Election Day victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“I encourage you to reconsider this plan in light of the legitimate concerns raised by so many,” the school’s executive vice president, Sarah Donovan, told student government members in emails provided to the Daily Caller. “We have made progress in providing a welcoming climate on campus and do we want to reverse that progress with a theme that divides us?”

The official said her opinion on the event after talking to some students and faculty was that it sounded “very alienating, divisive and harmful.”

Sheilah Horton, the university’s dean of students, said America-themed events provide “an opportunity for students to dress or behave in a way that offends or oppresses others,” the Daily Caller reported Monday.

“Even one negative event, especially with social media can cause the campus community to feel unsafe; it can be shared with potential students which can have an effect on admissions and indeed can be the defining incident for the class of 2017,” Ms. Horton said.

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Students told the Daily Caller that concerns about their event began pouring in on Nov. 9. They stuck to the original plan and held the party Nov. 18.

One student who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution told the Daily Caller that is was “disgusting how people feel and see the word ‘America’ as something that is discriminatory.”

Ms. Horton did not respond to the website’s request for comment by press time.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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