by Brody Truce
Senior Staff Writer
Last week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation that will allow law enforcement officers in her state to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally. While controversy erupts nationally over issues of civil rights, harassment and racial profiling, college students in Arizona are asking one important question: Couldn’t this law have been passed after Cinco de Mayo?
“We had an awesome kegger planned for next week,” said Keith Johnson, a member of Theta Tau Gamma fraternity at Southern Arizona College, a private liberal arts school that sits just 15 miles north of the Arizona/Mexico border. “Everyone was going to dress up in ponchos and sombreros and drink tequila to celebrate the end of finals. Now, nobody wants to come. Everyone’s afraid of being deported if they’re found walking drunk down the street in a sombrero.”
Ambre Mills, president of Alpha Mu Alpha sorority, seemed equally distressed by Governor Brewer’s legislation. “We hired a mariachi band, waiters and cooks for our Cinco de Mayo formal, but they’ve all cancelled in the last week. The party is less than seven days away and I can’t return my gown. What are we supposed to do?”
Members of the college’s All College Greek Council have reportedly planned a bus trip to the state’s capitol next week to protest the newly enacted law and to demand that the governor refund their deposits on kegs, bands, formal wear and service staff.
Jade Thomas, Dean of Students at Southern Arizona College, seemed unembarrassed by the publicity surrounding her students’ protest trip.
“I applaud their eagerness and support their right to protest. It makes me proud to see students self-advocating for their rights. Now, more than ever, Arizona students of privilege need to step up as civil rights role models.”