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  • A Bid for Guns on Campuses to Deter Rape
    New York Times February 19, 2015
    As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual assaults.
  • UCS reviews history of alcohol policy change
    Brown Daily Herald February 19, 2015
    Senior Director for Planning and Student Engagement MaryLou McMillan presented data from the 2011-2012 campus-wide survey on alcohol habits to the Undergraduate Council of Students at its general body meeting Wednesday.
  • WVU student arrested in fraternity member's death
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette February 11, 2015
    West Virginia University confirmed Wednesday that an arrest was made in connection with the death of Nolan Burch, a Kappa Sigma fraternity pledge who was found unresponsive during a fraternity event in November.
  • Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?
    New York Times February 10, 2015
    In an effort to address student misconduct, the president of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., announced last month that hard alcohol would be banned on campus. But many critics found the announcement bizarre, since at least half of college age kids are underage. And singling out hard liquor seemed like an ineffective solution to bad behavior.
  • President Hanlon Announces MDF Review Panel Members
    Dartmouth Now February 9, 2015
    President Phil Hanlon ’77 today announced the members of the external review panel that will monitor implementation of his Moving Dartmouth Forward plan to reduce extreme behaviors and promote inclusivity on campus.
  • More College Freshmen Report Having Felt Depressed
    New York Times February 5, 2015
    High numbers of students are beginning college having felt depressed and overwhelmed during the previous year, according to an annual survey released on Thursday, reinforcing some experts’ concern about the emotional health of college freshmen.
  • Banning liquor won't change the binge drinking culture on campus
    The Guardian February 2, 2015
    Young people in any country will indulge in inebriating activities excessively and recklessly by whatever means is available to them: negotiating laws with devious enthusiasm, aging fake IDs in the toaster or mastering the art of cut-and-paste forgery. However, Europe and the US tackle underage and binge drinking completely differently – and with fairly different results.
  • Editorial: Let Them Drink Hard Alcohol
    Bloomberg View January 30, 2015
    Philip Hanlon is trying to make Hanover, New Hampshire, a more sober place. The question is whether "more sober" will also mean "more safe" -- and, more broadly, how far colleges and universities can and should go to protect their students.
  • Jernigan: Yes, exposure to alcohol ads affects youth
    The Detroit News January 30, 2015
    Sarah Longwell’s claim that the scientific evidence doesn’t support a relationship between alcohol advertising exposure and drinking behavior is outdated and incorrect (“Keep Alcohol Ads Flowing During Super Bowl,” Jan. 22). Her argument is based on studies published over a decade ago, and ignores more recent research published in leading peer-reviewed journals.
  • Fall Alcohol Hospitalizations Nudged Up
    BU Today January 29, 2015
    During the fall 2014 semester, 112 BU students were transported to local hospitals for acute intoxication, an uptick University police say is partly attributable to the fact that more students are summoning help for drunken peers than in the past.
  • Sargent: Are Super Bowl beer ads a bad idea?
    CNN January 29, 2015
    This Sunday, Super Bowl XLIX will be the biggest show in town with an audience likely to exceed 110 million viewers, many of them children. It's no secret that the ads are part of the entertainment. And the beer ads are likely to be among the most talked about on Monday morning, especially the Bud Light Pac-Man commercial released January 22 that links Bud Light with intensive partying and game playing.
  • No hard alcohol, no pledging: Dartmouth plans major cultural reforms
    Washington Post January 29, 2015
    Dartmouth College will prohibit all students, regardless of age, from drinking or possessing hard alcohol on campus and will create a new network of residential communities for student social life in a effort to rid the school of what its president calls “extreme behaviors.”
  • Dartmouth bans hard alcohol, forbids Greek life pledging
    Boston Globe January 29, 2015
    Dartmouth College on Thursday announced sweeping changes aimed at curbing dangerous behavior on campus, saying it will ban hard liquor, forbid pledging at fraternities and sororities, and require all students to undergo a four-year sexual violence prevention program.
  • Police: WVU fraternity pledge had blood-alcohol level of 0.49
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 27, 2015
    A West Virginia University freshman who died last fall after being found unresponsive in an off-campus fraternity house had a blood-alcohol level more than six times the legal limit for driving, according to Morgantown police, who released new details of the investigation today.
  • Op-Ed: Sororities Should Throw Parties
    New York Times January 21, 2015
    With campus sexual assault a major topic of national concern and conversation, universities are experimenting with ways to reduce sexual violence.
  • Why Is Binge Drinking So Common Among Young People in the United States?
    New York Times January 21, 2015
    The drinking age in all 50 states is 21 years old, yet under-age drinking is widespread. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “Although youth drink less often than adults do, when they do drink, they drink more. That is because young people consume more than 90 percent of their alcohol by binge drinking.”
  • Sorority Anti-Rape Idea: Drinking on Own Turf.
    New York Times January 20, 2015
    Walking past some fraternity parties on the George Washington University campus Saturday night, Sivan Sherriffe wondered about a longstanding tradition at her school and colleges nationwide.
  • How to Stop Rape: Let Sororities Host the Parties?
    New York Magazine January 20, 2015
    Last week, just in time for the start of rush, University of Virginia fraternities signed a new set of rules intended to prevent excessive drinking as well as sexual assault at frat parties.
  • Sorority Girls Fight for Their Right to Party
    Slate Magazine January 20, 2015
    Today, the New York Times’ Alan Schwarz investigates a persistent inequality in the culture of campus drinking: America’s frat boys are allowed to throw booze-fueled parties in their houses, but sorority girls are not.

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