November 19's Fact of the Week

In February 2004, students from a Greek fraternity at Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges sponsored a scavenger hunt in its rush events. Participants were instructed to take “a photo with 10 or more Asians,” which resulted in numerous students running around campus trying to take pictures with Asian and Asian American people. The racial incident sparked a campus-wide controversy that denounced the organizers for racial insensitivity and harassment. People affected enumerated that they felt victimized and thought they were treated as “zoo animals” or “race specimens” while expressing anger and fear at the occurrence of such an event in a small-knit community.

"The idea of grouping up Asians and taking pictures like they are caged animals or novelty items is offensive to the whole community," she [Pomona student] said.