Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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By edhat staff

A social media video shows an Isla Vista house with residents in a sorority throwing a large outdoor party, breaking the Governor imposed COVID-19 pandemic rules. 

The video posted on Twitter shows at least fifty people in the backyard of what's described as a "Delta Gamma Senior House" in close proximity to one another. 

Governor Newsom and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department have issued health orders prohibiting gatherings of anyone outside your home. When in contact with people outside of your immediate home, people are required to wear a face mask and keep at least six feet of distance between each other.

The person who shared the video stated on Twitter that they live next door to the home that's inhabited by members of the Delta Gamma sorority and have witnessed at least two parties.

Another Twitter user reached out to UC Santa Barbara's Office of Student Life Director, Jonathan Ng, regarding the party. In a publicly posted email, Ng stated the governing council for this organization was made aware of the situation and has "initiated their judicial process."

As of Friday, one person died in Isla Vista due to COVID-19. They were between 50-69 years of age, had underlying health conditions, and were associated with a congregate-care facility.

Last week the Public Health Department stated new COVID-19 cases have decreased throughout the county, except in Isla Vista where they will now be focusing their efforts.

County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg made a point to state this is not just a virus for older people. Younger people are at risk of infection and have a greater likelihood of spreading the virus than older people, additionally, approximately 40% of hospitalizations within Santa Barbara County are people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, he said.


[Editor's Note: A correction has been made to properly identify the location of this party at a house with Delta Gamma sorority residents, not the official sorority house.]

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surfergirl69 Aug 26, 2020 05:32 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Why can't I drink two beers in an hour and drive home ?? Answer : because someone might get killed or hurt by my actions, and therefore there is an enforceable law against it. And, it is WAY enforced......to the tune of over $10,000 by the time you're done with a lawyer. insurance going up, etc. So what is different about enforcing mask/social distancing laws ? It seems a lot more people are getting sick/killed from coronavirus than they are from drinking and driving. It also seems that it is because of irresponsible people that laws have to be made and then enforced. People way to drunk thinking they can drive...bingo, DUI laws. People with out-of-control dogs damaging people and property.....bingo, leash laws. Companies disposing of hazardous waste into rivers....bingo, environmental laws. Enforcing laws also costs taxpayers a lot. So, if you don't want laws and cops breathing down your back.......BE RESPONSIBLE ! Right now, that means social distancing and masks. And the more you don't do it, the longer coronavirus will be around.

yiannis93101 Aug 26, 2020 03:54 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Well I’m gonna have myself a nice long nap Friday and Saturday afternoon, and then you’re gonna see a bunch of seniors driving around looking . And listening. First party we hear, the police are getting called. Let them count heads and if it’s over the limit, we’ll, back home to mommy and daddy and hopefully a fine. And I’m going to do this each and every weekend.

a-1598408795 Aug 25, 2020 07:26 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

So sad that SB County is refusing to take any action against morons who are spreading the virus and keeping kids out of school and people out of work. At least Ohio has the right idea! https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/08/25/906039378/more-than-200-ohio-state-university-students-suspended-for-violating-pandemic-ru?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_source=facebook.com&fbclid=IwAR1Z-f4vKmsorm9-hHKLAUVXPfcV-N90x2dQDlX4eHQHiUP2j80alGn0PdM

kellytriplets Aug 25, 2020 10:45 AM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

@edhat - check your facts before stirring up false narratives. Yes there was a party with people behaving badly, but it was not a sorority throwing the party -- this was individuals (still behaving badly) and many were in the same sorority, but this was NOT as sorority party. Not sure if it was an "innocent" mistake as opposed to a willful lie, but it had the same impact of spreading a false narrative. It was not a sorority party -- it was not held at the sorority house, it was not sanctioned by the chapter -- it was at a private residence. Horrible during a pandemic = YES!! But why make false accusations and spread rumors? Really disappointed in the behavior of participating individuals, but even more appalled with edhat for irresponsibly twisting the facts and escalating the attacks on all of the women associated with that organization. What was the purpose of your misleading headline and fake news angle?

sacjon Aug 25, 2020 03:17 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

DUKE - and let me add, enforcing health orders during a pandemic against selfish kids partying is pretty far from "authoritarianism." I get that you think it's no big deal and don't like masks, etc, but these kids are creating a dangerous situation. I mean, I'm pretty sure if you lived next door to them, you would call the police for the noise, right? What's worse - temporary noise that only you and a couple neighbors need to endure or a virus that can kill you and all your neighbors? Yeah, a lot of presumption there, but just trying to put it in perspective as far as how far we should go to enforce the rules.

sacjon Aug 25, 2020 12:41 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

KELLY - The first sentence of this article refers to an "Isla Vista house with residents in a sorority," no where does it say it was at a sorority house or sanctioned. All that matters is, was the party thrown by sorority members in a residence inhabited by sorority members? If os, then this article is accurate. That's ALL this is saying. Nowhere does Edhat assert that the party was sanctioned, that's not the point. The point is, sorority members threw a giant party during a pandemic. That is ALL that is relevant. Those who did this should be punished. Whether the entire chapter is involved is again, irrelevant. Get your members in line before you go attacking a news outlet for showing what they did. You know where the fault lies.

a-1598377920 Aug 25, 2020 10:52 AM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

@Kelly, not sure why you're so upset unless you were at this party or are the parent of one of these people? The article clearly states, "The video posted on Twitter shows at least fifty people in the backyard of what's described as a 'Delta Gamma Senior House' in close proximity to one another." Also if you read the twitter thread, the neighbors who captured the video verify this house is associated with the sorority. While the party may not have been at the huge house with DG letters on it, the girls that live here still represent their sorority and have to face the consequences.

jasonc70 Aug 25, 2020 10:29 AM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Looks like Beach City on the Mesa last weekend. The problem is none of these kids know each other anyway and if one of them did get the china virus until weeks later. "Bro where have you been? Last I saw you was DG party 3 weeks ago!" "Dude I think I got the covid (cough) and it was gnarly. I've literally been in bed sick as F until like yesterday. I'm barely able to walk again." "Bro that's crazy! Here have a drink, I'm glad you're better again." "Thanks!"

Marathoner Aug 24, 2020 10:35 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

FALSE INFO re COVID Plz stop: One (or two?) people posting about Woodstock here are spreading,...disinformation. The Woodstock festival did not occur during a spike, a wave or a pandemic situation comparable to our current situation. You might as well be advocating that people drink Lysol or take irrelevant existing meds with no coronavirus efficacy.. Per Snopes, for one, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/woodstock-occur-during-pandemic/ What is up with pushing this false narrative, is somebody making money selling alcohol or something to college age> Snopes: "The 1968 pandemic does not compare to the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of lethality. Also, Woodstock did not take place during one of the Pandemic's seasonal peaks, but in the summer of 1969 when there was practically no reported H3N2 flu activity in the United States. "

MountainMan4865 Aug 24, 2020 09:41 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Remember Woodstock? That occurred during the "Hong Kong Flu" - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8320761/Woodstock-occurred-Hong-Kong-flu-pandemic-killed-1-million-people-worldwide-100-000-Americans.html. US population was about half of what it is now....

Marathoner Aug 24, 2020 09:59 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The canard about Woodstock is misleading and has been debunked. REUTERS: why it is misleading to suggest that Woodstock happened “in the middle of a pandemic”. The peak for most U.S. states was December 1968 and January 1969 (Dec 28, 1968 in New York state).[link] The first season of the pandemic had ended in the U.S. by early March 1969 and it did not flare up again until November of that year, several months after Woodstock, as can be seen in [linked] figure...1

surfergirl69 Aug 24, 2020 09:30 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

I don't get it.......prior to Covid, the County and UCSB instruct the cops to go full force against parties , bands, and drinking laws (like underage drinking, open container, drunk in public ). They do this , they say, because the above are threats to the health, safety, morals, and/or welfare of the individual/public.
Now, what can be a worse threat to individuals/public than Covid-19 ....and yet, nothing is being done to control it in Isla Vista. I see packs of students (10 +) walking around w/o masks all the time. BTW, UCSB doesn't start until end of September. That's when it is really going to hit. Also, if you think...oh it's only IV...NOT ! Lots of students now live in SB and Goleta. It will spread there. (The latest on Covid is that herd immunity is not happening....people can get it twice). Since the people who take Covid seriously are so limited in what they can do to protect themselves (ie lack of N-95 masks) , it is definitely the County/UCSB responsibility to protect the public. Look at the hefty penalties for a DUI. Why do we accept that ?? Because someone MIGHT get killed. How many DUI related deaths compared to COVID deaths ? If people can't be responsible...ie masks, social distancing (really difficult, right ?) ....then, unfortunately, the authorities have to FORCE them to be responsible......so get with it....PLEASE !!

a-1598313194 Aug 24, 2020 04:53 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

What's going on in I.V. is stupid, selfish and deadly, a particularly modern twist to college life. Getting a little tired of those complaining that the "boomers" partied also, as if that is any excuse. First of all there was no deadly pandemic and warnings from the health department to not congregate in large groups. Second, we had little to celebrate as the Viet Nam war was raging and young men were being drafted right out of college, MLK and Bobby Kennedy had recently been murdered, and many of us were putting ourselves through school, working between classes., before school started, during summers and during the breaks. It didn't matter in those days if you were first generation college or not, and although it was a LOT cheaper, there was not a lot of financial aid. So little time or money to waste on large parties for most of us.

CGinSB Aug 25, 2020 08:50 AM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Also, college parties in the 60s were not raucous, large booze fests. Pot was illegal so parties tended to be mellow, with great music at a moderate decibel level, and care was taken not to draw undue attention to the party. No screaming, whooping, spilling over into public, although there was plenty of alcohol -- didn't have to make a spectacle to prove you were having a good time.

m-cubed Aug 24, 2020 04:33 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

i love how 'herd immunity' has become a buzzword(s) for the most ignorant amongst us. covid herd immunity is not happening i'd bet my bottom dollar and my left kidney. half my liver. my nintendo switch and my free weights. we'd have to intentionally infect everyone and kill like 10 million people.

PitMix Aug 25, 2020 11:29 AM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

There are 3 reported cases of reinfection out of the 10's of millions of infected people. Only one had similar symptoms for the 2nd go-round. The other 2 had lesser symptoms from a different strain. Nobody needed hospitalization or died. My conclusion is that if you had it, you have some protection going forward.

a-1598313023 Aug 24, 2020 04:50 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Doesn't the IV foot Patrol use student volunteers? No students; no foot patrols. Though locals who are concerned enough about IV, or the new and taxed IV Special District could recruit non-student volunteers. IV Special District executive director needs to get moving on this.

Chip of SB Aug 24, 2020 03:41 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Other businesses and institutions have adapted to the new restrictions and successfully resumed their operations. I think the Greek community can do the same. First, No more parties! It’s time to rebrand. I see two simple ways to achieve compliance. Option 1: declare the location of the next gathering a Homeless encampment and have all attendees sign a declaration stating they are homeless and they reside in the encampment. The gathering is now exempt from the public health orders and in compliance with all applicable regulations. As an added benefit, caltrans may provide free dumpster services and help with the cleanup. Option 2: declare the next gathering a protest. Pick a state approved left wing cause and have a couple of speakers during the event. Make some signs for decoration and it could be a fun theme for a “gathering”. The kids will find a way to outwit all the Ed Rooneys out there. Life must go on...

yiannis93101 Aug 25, 2020 10:12 AM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Yeah...the best action would be to send them all home or back where they came from! Why the hell did they come here if classes are online anyway. I guess mom and dad wanted them gone, because they didn’t want the little bastards living with them anymore.

a-1598370209 Aug 25, 2020 08:43 AM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Pepperdine is as private university - UC is public. Different rules apply to how much control they can exercise over their students. UCSB started building a lot more on-campus dorms after IV was getting out of contro, just to be able to exert more control over the UCSB students. But that slack was picked up by more SBCC students living in IV who again were under little to no SBCC control over their off-campus activities.

PitMix Aug 25, 2020 07:41 AM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

In case no one got this, "That is actually not the case when it comes to sororities and fraternities. In addition, there are student behavior guidelines when it comes to things that can be considered endangering public health. As a student at Pepperdine, they have a very stringent policy about behaviour on and off campus, Covid behavior has been added to that and a student can be expelled or put on disciplinary action if not following the policy."

forrealnews Aug 24, 2020 10:33 PM
Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

That is actually not the case when it comes to sororities and fraternities. In addition, there are student behavior guidelines when it comes to things that can be considered endangering public health. As a student at Pepperdine, they have a very stringent policy about behaviour on and off campus, Covid behavior has been added to that and a student can be expelled or put on disciplinary action if not following the policy.

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