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James Ramsey, Louisville Prez, Adds to University's Problems

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By    |   Friday, 30 Oct 2015 12:27 PM

James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville, has come under fire for posing in a photograph with other staff members wearing stereotypical Mexican costumes with sombreros and mustaches.

The photo appeared on the Louisville Courier-Journal website on Wednesday with a story about a mansion Ramsey uses for university events.

Ramsey's misstep comes while the university is being investigated for parties where athletic recruits allegedly mixed with strippers and escorts hired for the events. 

"We made a mistake and are very sorry," Kathleen Smith, Ramsey's chief of staff, said about the Mexican-themed picture.

Olivia Krauth, editor of the Louisville Cardinal, the student newspaper, wrote Thursday that if a student group would be criticized for dressing up in such a manner, the president and faculty should be held to the same standard.

"The president of a school that prides itself in diversity opted to dress himself and his staff as a culture for Halloween," Krauth wrote. "Not just a culture, but a minority that is frequently faced with prejudice. Not just a culture, but a completely wrongfully depicted culture according to people who are actually in that culture. There's a word for this. It's called racism."

"Never mind that if a fraternity threw a party with a Mexican theme and pictures of them in these outfits got out, they would be in huge trouble just like countless other Greek organizations across the country in the past few years," Krauth added.

Ramsey was criticized on social media as well.


The Ramsey controversy comes while the university is in the middle of a major scandal involving its nationally-ranked basketball team. Former escort Katina Powell alleged in a book that an assistant coach hired her and other dancers to throw sex parties at the players' dormitory, according to ESPN, and now the school is under investigation by the NCAA.

Powell alleged in her book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," that she was paid to help organize nearly two dozen parties involving strippers and escorts. She claimed the parties were mainly designed to lure high school basketball recruits to sign with the university's highly-touted team.


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