LSU fraternity to change name of 'Old South' ball
BATON ROUGE - The Kappa Alpha Order at LSU will discontinue use of “Old South” and similar names for future events, according to a statement from fraternity leadership released to the school newspaper.
“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," said KA's assistant executive director of advancement, Jesse Lyons. "All chapters will be expected to comply with this regulation. Chapters that are in good standing will still be able to hold a formal or week of philanthropic events.”
"Old South” is used to describe the frat’s annual ball that traditionally has come with an antebellum theme attached. Members dress in Confederate uniforms while their guests wear hoop skirts and other pieces of period costume.
The change comes as part of an order from the national fraternity. The frat’s board of directors amended a regulation that was already on the books.
Future iterations of the event will now be referred to as the “Rose Ball” instead, according to the fraternity.