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Colleges Aggressively Fighting Binge Drinking by Banning Fraternities, Sororities


November 14, 2017 1:25 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Colleges nationwide have stepped-up and implemented indefinite bans on fraternity and sorority activities in hopes of battling a culture of alcohol abuse. Some student's parents, however, stated that such restrictions ruined my so-and-so's cultural life.

Colleges nationwide have stepped-up and implemented indefinite bans on fraternity and sorority activities in hopes of "battling a culture of alcohol abuse." Some student's parents, however, stated that such restrictions "ruined my so-and-so's cultural life."

The hazing incident at Penn State which led to the death of Timothy Piazza after he was given 18 drinks in 82 minutes is only one of the most recent examples of dangerous binge drinking in college culture. New charges were filed as late as Monday, which revealed surveillance footage taken during the pledge event that led to the 19-year-old's death. 25 Beta Theta Pi members now face charges; some of which include hazing, assault, providing alcohol to a minor and even manslaughter.

Florida State University is one of the schools that has already banned frat and sorority activities following the death of 20-year-old Andrew Coffey, who was found unresponsive after a pledge night at Pi Kappa Phi. Although the Coffey family applauded the ban, some parents were not as supportive. Coffey's tragic death occurred at the beginning of Parents Weekend at Florida State, and some parents were seen "drinking to excess at a local bar with students, some of whom appeared underage." Florida State University President John Thrasher was "flabbergasted” to see parents doing shots with their children.

The University of Michigan has also suspended all Greek Life social events for its fraternities and sororities following multiple reports of hazing, drug use, and sexual assault. "We believe that social events are a privilege, and we, as a community, have not earned this privilege at this time," claimed Executive Vice President Alec Mayhan.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Use and Alcoholism, about 1,825 college students ages 18-24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes. Do you support the suspension of Greek life activities in response to recent binge drinking fatalities? Why or why not?

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Tina A.  on  11/15/2017 9:05:38 AM commented:

I totally agree that c there is a problem with college hazing and alcohol/drugs on college campuses, I disagree with a ban. Many fraternities and Sororites represent an elevated history and community service activities such as what the Deltas and Sigmas do. The bans prohibit students like my daughter to become a future soror to one of these prestigous organization. Its devasting that these events ate harming and killing our youth. Maybe the organizations needs to oversee the initiation process and teach the youth others ways to bring in new members.

Sheila H  on  11/14/2017 5:35:25 PM commented:

I totally agree with the bans. I have a son going to college next year and have been very unhappy with some of the college reviews on their Greek Life and how much partying they do.

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