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Dartmouth frat under fire for 'gang' party

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The Alpha Delta fraternity at Dartmouth College has a long history. It's colorful past even inspired the Hollywood movie "Animal House."

That crazy party-house reputation continues today, only with a more offensive tone. Dartmouth officials are reviewing the Bloods and Crips gang-themed party Alpha Delta and the Delta Delta Delta sorority threw last month. They invited partygoers to dress up as either a Blood or Crip, referring to the notorious predominantly black street gangs based in Los Angeles.

"We've spoken with news sources already. Anything that's there you can use," said a man who opened the door at Alpha Delta.

"For some people, that's their lifestyle and these people are making fun of it in a way and promoting it in a way," said Tanner Guile, a freshman.

Around 200 students attended the party that's receiving negative attention locally and nationally.

"I think it was ill-advised," said Eli Stein, a grad student.

"It's just a party," a freshman said.

Dartmouth does not have a policy prohibiting themed parties, but said in a statement, "Incidents such as this, which violate our sense of community and mutual respect, have no place on our campus."

"I don't have a problem with young people dressing up and pretending to be something they're not," said Peter VanDenhengel of Dartmouth College Facilities.

Alpha Delta has since issued an apology, saying, "The brothers of Alpha Delta now realize that it was insensitive and thoughtless to make light of a very serious issue that affects many people nationwide."

"It's just sad that they would do that. It's not representative of this community or the college itself," said Kim Levlock who was upset about the party.

This isn't Alpha Delta's first brush with trouble; just this past January, the frat was indicted on two charges of providing alcohol to minors.

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