Coronas and surgical masks: Coronavirus-themed party prompts university investigation

Washington Examiner – by Zachary Halaschak

A college “coronavirus party” featuring surgical masks and chilled Corona beers has prompted anger from some on campus.

The University at Albany is investigating whether the off-campus party last weekend violated its student code of conduct after the Asian American Alliance at the school became offended by the party theme, calling it “not funny and completely insensitive.” 

“Diseases that affect non-white populations are radicalized in a way that stems from the innate xenophobia of American society. It serves to dehumanize the affected population,” the group said in an Instagram post.

The video was originally posted to Barstool Albany’s Instagram account on Sunday. Although it has since been deleted, it reportedly showed a person wearing a surgical mask and with a bucket of cold Corona beers, with the caption, “Corona virus isn’t gonna stop anyone from partying.”

Officals from the university said in a statement that the party theme was “distasteful and hurtful” and was not representative of the school or its 18,000 students.

“Any allegations of conduct violations will be investigated and addressed through the University’s disciplinary process,” the statement read.

Some 76,000 people have been infected with the virus, most of whom are in the Chinese mainland and in Hubei province where the illness originated last December. More than 2,200 people have died from the illness, and the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a global public health emergency.

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