DAVIS (CBS/AP) — Students at the University of California, Davis, have cancelled plans for a drinking party dubbed Cinco de Drinko, after protesters called it racially insensitive.
The party was to be held Saturday ahead of Monday’s Cinco de May holiday that celebrates Mexican heritage.
About 100 students protested and successfully scuttled plans for the off-campus party. Many students organizing the party worked at the on-campus Coffee House, where the protest took place.
Student Edwin Roque called the party offensive, but Jonathan Beatty wore a sombrero during the protest and said the theme is harmless, comparing it to St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said she believed that adding a mandatory diversity course could prevent future controversies like this one.