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Thrasher Speaks On ‘Disappointing’ Instagram Post By Members Of Banned FSU Fraternity

Florida State University President John Thrasher.
FSU, Office of the President

A fraternity at Florida State University is facing backlash for the second time in almost a year. Last week, a member of Pi Kappa Phi posted a picture on Instagram featuring many of the fraternity’s brothers dressed in sombreros, fake mustaches, and ponchos, along with the caption “We don’t pay cover or taxes.”  Many FSU students are calling the social media post racist. University President John Thrasher says the school is examining the student code of conduct to see if the post violated any rules. 

“You know, I am disappointed in what happened. It’s not what represents, it’s not representative of the values of Florida State University. We’re tried to reinforce that, and I’m going to continue to reinforce it," he says. 
In the meantime, Thrasher says he hopes to meet with as many students in the photo as possible. 
Last year, the fraternity was banned from operating on FSU’s campus after one of the group’s pledges died from alcohol poisoning following an off-campus party.

Eleanor Clark is a recent graduate from Florida State University with degrees in International Affairs and Creative Writing. Before interning at WFSU, she spent time in New York City as the Civic Engagement Coordinator for Columbia University’s high school program. Some of Eleanor’s favorite things are watching the Great British Bake Off, eating soup dumplings, and spending time with her dog, Cooper. Follow her on Twitter: @Nell_Clark_