Liquor limits in place at some fraternity parties

Liquor is running dry at many fraternity parties at the University of Michigan.
AP Wire
Feb 22, 2014

A group of fraternity presidents this week voted to ban liquor at large parties, although beer still will be available.

"This will affect the biggest, most risky parties," said junior Tommy Wydra, president of the Interfraternity Council. "It will keep everyone safe, and the parties will just be much easier to run."

The Ann Arbor News reported that the policy doesn't apply to parties during football games or parties involving guests from just a few fraternities and sororities. Michigan has 30 fraternities. Those that don't comply could be punished by the council.

Denise Ilitch, a member of the university's governing board, praised the decision at a Board of Regents meeting Thursday.

Wydra said fraternity members still are absorbing the change.

"Even people within my own fraternity, they're like 'Whoa, what happened? What are you doing?'" Wydra said. "But then when you actually explain it to them they're like, 'That makes sense.'"

In a statement, the council said binge drinking is a problem at colleges.

Eliminating hard liquor is a "huge step" to creating a safer social environment at Michigan, the group said.

Comments

Tri-cities realist

Yep, they're just preparing the yout's for the nanny state.

Former Grandhavenite

The best way to solve the problems with binge drinking at colleges would be to drop the drinking age back down to 18 IMO. With so many undergrads being under 21, it's no wonder that frat parties are so central to the social scene. If the younger students could actually just go to a bar instead, it would be easier to control the amount of consumption, and there's a level of safety built into the process since bartenders have the incentive and the training to not over serve.

As long as frats remain the primary gatekeepers of alcohol for so many students it'll be hard to fix a lot of the binge drinking issues. Even if the party isn't officially serving liquor, a lot of the guys will have a bottle or two in their own room anyway, so I doubt this policy will change much other than enhancing the brothers' opportunities to invite girls back to their rooms.

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