Black towels with pink ribbon to unite campus

In an effort to find a compromise between the Pink Out vs. Black Out controversy for the Nov. 14 Utah home game, the Interfraternity Council has voted to order 3,000 black towels with pink ribbons attached, said Evan Berlin, IFC president.

A Facebook event urging students to wear all black during the same game as TCU’s fifth annual Pink Out game in support of breast cancer research and awareness, has sparked controversy across campus. The Facebook event was canceled after significant backlash.

IFC originally planned to order black shirts with pink writing, but the idea was voted down in support of the Pink Out to support Frogs for the Cure and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, he said.

“Our hope is that everyone will be happy and be able to support both efforts and have an intimidation factor for the game but also support breast cancer awareness and Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” Berlin said. “We thought it was a good idea to bring the entire student body together.”

Ginny Gould, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority’s programming council, which organized the event, said it was a well thought out compromise.

“Coming from where I’m standing, I find the black towels with pink ribbons to be a good compromise,” Gould said. “I was totally against wearing black shirts because there would have been no awareness for the (Susan G. Komen for the Cure) foundation … and also students wouldn’t have had an opportunity to participate in the halftime show with their organizations.”

Breast cancer should not be put in the back burner, she said.

The black towels will be handed out at the student tailgate before the Utah game.