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Streaking, Assualts Ends Drinking at Midwestern University

Streaking, Assualts Ends Drinking at Midwestern University


Several incidents, including streaking and assaults over the course of the current school year means no more alcohol for the rest of the year at all fraternities and sororities at the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks. This change puts the university on a growing list of schools cracking down on activities such as binge drinking and hazing at their Greek institutions.

However, residents of the Greek houses who are 21 years old may still consume alcohol inside the house, making the new restrictions difficult to enforce. Peter Johnson, vice president for university relations, said of the new policy: “[it is] Demonstrating that we have a Greek community here that is willing to take some leadership and do some self-policing. There’s a general notion that this is a positive step.”

Many students don’t agree with the new policy, in part because of its seeming ineffectiveness. “I think it’s silly because it’s still going to be here. People are still going to find ways [to drink] and I don’t think it’s the alcohol. I think it’s some people and how they act,” said Tashina Vilas.

Other colleges and universities to ban alcohol from Greek events include the University of Central Florida after the death of a freshman girl in 2011; Southern Illinois University; the University of Northern Colorado; and the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

One hundred four deaths

Why ban alcohol at Greek events? The New York Times recently ran an article on the dangers of hazing in college fraternities and sororities, and “alcohol is the not-so-secret ingredient that turns pledging into hazing.” Such hazing has accounted for at least 104 deaths since 1970.

Apart from reducing hazing incidents, alcohol bans in Greek houses lower insurance costs and annual maintenance and cleaning bills for housing facilities. For some colleges, the money saved could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

Only a few weeks remain in the UND school year, making the alcohol ban seem like more of a PR move than a true attempt at toning down Greek parties. But maybe the short-term benefits will turn this new rule into a long-term policy change.


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10:10AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Interesting. I don't see what's so wrong with streaking, but so much happens with sexual assault under the influence with college kids (been there!). Not sure if controlling it as such will work, but I suppose it is worth trying and seeing what the results are.

4:18AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Enforce whatever rules you may to keep people safe....expell those who endanger others and keep that tuition money. Ouch!

3:00AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

IT is a well known fact that excessive drinking, streaking and assaulting by university students at such disorganised "social" events as these has long been recognised as yet another "gateway to increased sexual behaviour", and cannot be allowed - let alone encouraged or celebrated - at any educational institution...

These students are there to learn, damn it - not to have fun - and learn they will !!!


2:37AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Drinking should be dealt with very very heavy penalty as it destroy so many lifes!

9:26PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Streaking...good, assaulting....bad, assualting....bad grammar

6:07PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Making a big thing out of streaking is just plain silly.

6:05PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

One death is too many! I don't get why drinking in college has to mean drinking to the most destructive degree imaginable. 104 deaths, but how may rapes?

5:03PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

The midwestern Lutheran liberal arts college I attended found a way to take this to the next level. While it was not primarily for the putpose of curbing alcohol abuse, the school banned fraternity houses, requiring all students to live on campus in school owned facilities, with only few exceptions on an application basis (basically only married students, or those who chose to live with their parents in town). When fraternities responded by having their members cluster in certain sections of the dormatories, the problems with fraternity drinking in the dorms started rising. The school eventually disbanded those fraternities which insisted on drinking in the dorms, and expelled a number of students for possession of alcohol in the dorms. When enough parents discovered their child had been expelled, but that tuition paid for the year was not going to be refunded, the problems settled down quickly.

4:59PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Frankly I think they'd be better off banning sororities and fraternities.

4:57PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

"Assualts"? Better use spell checker,lol

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