Arts & Living
Letters & Commentary
On The Spot
Week In Photos
To the Editor
UNH Commuter Connection
The Clock (PSU)
The Equinox (KSC)
TNH Archive (1/97 - 5/03)
U of Oklahoma bans alcohol. Will UNH follow suit?
By Ashley Sorbie
Friday, December 10, 2004
The University of Oklahoma will begin a new policy in January, banning alcohol usage in all residence halls and fraternities.
This decision came after the death of a 19-year-old student from alcohol poisoning two months ago.
Binge drinking has become an epidemic in recent years on college campuses all around the country. University of Oklahoma President David Boren believes that reducing the number of sources of alcohol on campus will cut binge drinking down by at least 75 percent.
The University of Oklahoma's actions have given the University of New Hampshire food for thought.
Steve Pappajohn, Head Coordinator of Greek Affairs at UNH said, "[the issue] comes up from time to time. I think some of the chapters have discussed self-imposing [an alcohol ban] to help their chapter operate."
The Interfraternity/Panhellenic Council Social Policy that governs the Greek System at UNH states in Chapter 4: A that, "no one shall be allowed to bring more than six 12-ounce beers, or four 12 ounce wine coolers into [an] event. Any alcoholic beverage other than beer or wine coolers is prohibited."
The document also states that, "rush activities associated with any chapter will be a DRY rush function."
All sororities on campus already currently impose a "ban on alcohol" policy on campus.
"I think that if a "ban of alcohol" was imposed, it would be a tough transition, but in the end our chapters would operate at a higher level, especially the men's houses, since they do allow members to possess alcohol, legally," said Pappajohn. "When you remove a culture around alcohol completely, there's bound to be some transition issues, but again, in the end, it would think that those chapters that bought in would flourish."
Although the subject of a "ban on alcohol" has been spoken of before, Pappajohn said that while he has been in his position it has not been talked about with any real depth evaluation and consideration.
"From what I've heard, the pledging process that the fraternities go through seem to be centered on alcohol," said Melissa Iuso, a sophmore at UNH. "There are enough other activities offered by the school that do not involve alcohol, so it's the students' choice of whether they drink or not."
Kevin Dunn, a Sigma Nu brother on the Infraternity Council, said "alcohol isn't a problem in the fraternities so there really wouldn't be a reason to ban it."
Dunn also said that in 1997 the strict social policy was adopted regarding alcohol in the fraternities and there haven't been any major problems since.
"I definitely don't think that there is a reason to adopt a no alcohol policy at UNH," said Christ Pallordy, a senior at UNH.
Both Pallordy and Iuso agreed that even if there was a ban on alcohol that the drinking would not stop.
"If anything I think that it would just make students more rebellious, kids would be really aggravated with the school for doing something so drastic," Pallordy said.
National College Advertising and Marketing
How did you fare on your midterms?
I think I passed.
I knew I forgot to do something.