Amid concerns over meaning, fraternity changes name of dance
BATON ROUGE - LSU's Kappa Alpha Order will no longer use the moniker "Old South" relating to events the fraternity hosts, including its annual formal affair.
"The Executive Council, or national board of directors, of Kappa Alpha Order recently amended an existing regulation to prohibit Active Chapters from sponsoring functions with the name Old South, or similar name," a fraternity spokesperson said in a statement released to WBRZ Thursday.
Instead of referring to its annual fais-do-do at an area plantation with the term, officials suggested using "Rose Ball" instead.
Some, not just in Baton Rouge, have raised concerns over the representation of "Old South." Last year, an editorial columnist at the newspaper for the University of Mississippi in Oxford raised questions about the term used by the Kappa Alpha Order.
The change is ordered at all Kappa Alpha fraternities.
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