Magazine article University Business

Alcohol Ban Breaks Up the Party

Magazine article University Business

Alcohol Ban Breaks Up the Party

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THE DAYS OF WILD, ANIMAL House-type fraternity parties are coming to an end. Though student alcohol abuse remains one of the biggest problems plaguing college and university campuses nationwide, many institutions have taken serious measures to curb excessive drinking. Most recently, Rider University (N.J.) has joined a list of schools that have changed their alcohol policies.

The tragic death in March of a freshman, Gary DeVercelly, who died after an excessive night of drinking at a campus fraternity house, forced the university to rethink and revise its stance on alcohol. PresidentMordechai Rozanski assembled a task force led by Donald Steven, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, whose mission was to evaluate the alcohol policy and form new ideas on how to decrease high risk drinking. The task force reached out to the Rider community, setting up an e-mail address to receive feedback and holding listening sessions with the Student Government and Greek communities. …

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