Anger at UCSD after student TV show defends ghetto party

SAN DIEGO — A segment on a student television station at the University of California, San Diego defending a ghetto-themed party that mocked Black History Month is further stoking racial tensions.

Black students on Friday presented a list of demands for improved conditions to university officials at a rally decrying the telecast.

The Thursday segment on SRTV — or "student-run television" — took the side of partygoers and mocked opposition to the so-called "Compton Cookout." The segment was produced by students from a controversial campus publication called The Koala.

Chancellor Marye Anne Fox told students through a megaphone at the rally that they have every right to be angry and pledged action on their demands.

Invitations to the Monday party encouraged women to dress as "ghetto chicks" and said cheap beer and watermelon would be served.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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