Saturday afternoon senior Kellyn Lewis came across an event that, as he puts it, he was never meant to see.
Lewis was walking into a friend's apartment when he saw students next door imitating minorities with blatantly offensive stereotypes. He shared the story at a discussion at the office of African American student affairs on Monday night.
“All of a sudden, I just hear some dude yelling Navajo Nation! He starts chugging beer and I hear wahwahwahwah,” said Lewis.
What he was talking about was a party hosted by Northwestern's Ski Team Saturday afternoon. It was the beer Olympics and each team represented a different country. Lewis described some of the costumes as having black bottoms and white tops to represent South Africa along with other racially charged themes.
This all started a huge discussion online with petitions and many comments and apologies from the people involved.
Ben Shorofsky, the Ski Team Chair said they didn't realize how offensive their costumes were.
On a positive note the team is now working with different diversity groups on campus to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again with the ski team or anyone else.
The Vice President of Student Affairs sent an email to the student body commending the team on how they handled the situation.