Scheduling paperwork for an on-campus Halloween party Wednesday night was filed under the Black Student Assembly’s name, Undergraduate Student Government President Mikey Geragos confirmed to the Daily Trojan on Friday.
As more than 100 students waited in line for the party, gunshots were fired after a physical altercation between two males not affiliated with USC. The shots were fired about 100 yards from the costume party “Freak or Greek,” which was held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center’s ballroom.
BSA is a student assembly in Program Board, which is under the purview of USG. Geragos also said internal paperwork for Program Board was filed under BSA’s name.
BSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Though BSA’s name appeared on the event information, Geragos said the organization’s name was not attached to any promotional materials.
“The paperwork for the event was filed under BSA’s name but I don’t believe any promotional materials had BSA’s name on it,” Geragos said during a phone interview Friday morning.
All organizations must fill out a scheduling form to book an on-campus venue.
USC’s Scheduling Office declined to release original paperwork for the event.
Geragos said he does not believe any event funding came out of student government.
“To my knowledge, I don’t believe any student activity fee went to fund the event,” Geragos said.
Geragos emphasized that BSA did not disobey any rule in planning the event.
“In no way do we, or should anyone, blame BSA for what happened,” Geragos said. “They followed all the rules.”
At least 500 attended the party, according to student reports.
The event was promoted by LA Hype through social media. Geragos said USG might consider new ways to evaluate third-party sponsorships.
“We are looking into a more streamlined approach … so we are aware of all the partnerships going on,” he said.
Sean Fitz-Gerald contributed to this report.