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Thursday, October 21, 2010

"Tailgates go off without a hitch" 10/18/2010

This is the headline in "The Breeze" JMU's newspaper. (can be found at : http://issuu.com/thebreezenewspaper/docs/combined10.18.10) The article notes that "Police presence seemed minimal compared to previous games this year in both student and alumni lots"  and "Despite the rumors circling about a police crackdown in the student lots, alumni who tailgated frequently said they noticed little change from last year" 
  The impression one gets form the article is that life at JMU is back to "normal" and that would mean the JMU Negative Alcohol Culture is alive and well. "The police gave out 12 drunk in public citations and seven underage possession citations on-campus from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, up from 15 total alcohol citation on Saturday of last year's Homecoming game"

  The Breeze also had an article "Redefining party: New Greek life policies address alcohol at recognized events" which highlighted new Greek policies. Some of the new policies are:
  • The definition of a party is any fraternity or sorority event that is registered with the university and Harrisonburg Police Department where alcohol is present.
  • If there are discrepancies between a chapter's national policies and the JMU policy, the stricter policy will apply
  • A minimum of six sober members per sponsoring organization must be present at teh event where alcohol is served.
  • Sorority parties shall not exceed the size of the sorority plus three guest per sister.
  • Fraternity parties shall not exceed more than 250 registered guest and 30 unannounced guest.
  • Chapters must maintain a collective 2.7 GPA.
Hopefully the new policies will have some positive impact.

  Most observers acknowledge that Transforming the Negative Alcohol Culture at JMU will take time and the smooth start to this fall semester does not mean the problem is solved. It is discouraging to see that only halfway into the semester the students feel things are back to"normal." 

1 comment:

  1. And what is wrong with this? The school can't expect to fill all the seats they are creating if people are not allowed to tailgate and have fun before the game. I get what you're saying, in perfect world no one would have more than 2 drinks right? Well sorry old man, some people like to have fun. Just because you sat in your dorm all of college while everyone else was having a blast doesn't mean you have to go out of your way to try and stop everyone else from having fun. YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!