The Harvard School of Public Heath outlined criteria for
colleges that are prone to HRCD; a large undergraduate population, a large
fraternity population (30%+, in our case), a division 1 football team, and an
isolated location. I had the chance to hang out with a friend of mine who’s
been in one of the fraternities for about a year now and he expressed to me his
distain for the new regulations on fraternity socials. He was upset that
parties at his fraternity were now restricted to Thursdays through Saturdays,
and that rush events are now strictly dry. I think he’s been a little
disappointed with his fraternity experience this past semester; I met him over
the summer and he was always in the mood to tell fun late-night stories, and
was excited for rush to start back up in the fall.

I think that the fraternities (the men that make up the
roster) aren’t the ones who are at risk, but the majorities have trouble
understanding that freshmen, and students who aren’t used to drinking are the
ones that are. If fraternity parties were restricted to members of Penn State
fraternities (which might be the actual code), then we wouldn’t see the amount
of misconduct that we do see on weekends. But fraternities are hardly the only
places in State College to drink. “Apartment parties” are probably more hazardous,
because, ironically, no one’s going to tell their friend when they’ve had
enough. Fraternities at least have risk management policies to curb misconduct;
enforcement just needs to be heavier.

Fraternities can be used to keep college drinking within
more suitable limits. If fraternities discriminated less with who they let in,
and were more careful in how they furnish alcohol (strict limits for each partygoer),
then less freshmen would be inclined to go to smaller, privately held parties
where anything goes.


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    Your post reminded me of an article in the Collegian yesterday, “Parties Follow Policy.” I think it’s very interesting comparing your friend’s experiences and feelings with those portrayed in the paper. Personally, I think the greek system is moving in the right direction. However, given that I’m not personally involved in the greek system much of my “information/stories” comes from friends and I found the difference between the article’s “optimism” and general commentary I heard throughout the week quite interesting.

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