Students react to CofC alcohol suspension in Greek life community

Published: Aug. 31, 2016 at 9:30 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2016 at 9:38 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Fraternity and Sorority houses at the College of Charleston will be booze-free for the next couple weeks.

Leaders with the college have suspended all alcohol-related social activities for the Greek life community following a series of dangerous situations.

Now each chapter member within the 28 different organizations will take part in a program focused on alcohol and substance abuse, similar to what freshmen have to take entering college.

"If everybody has to do something like that again, yeah it might be annoying to have to do that for an hour," said Jacob Yamshak, a member of Alpha Tau Omega. "If in the long-run the college sees this is what has to be done then we'll be happy to do it."

Yamshak said he and others are a bit bummed out about the recent suspension, but understands the college has to take certain measures.

"I think until the details are ironed out and they can narrow it down to a specific organization, then I really don't have a problem with them suspending," Yamshak added.

The President of the College said there have been noisy parties this month, as well as students being taken to the hospital for extreme intoxication.

Wednesday students on campus said they've heard about cases like that.

"It gets wild ya know," said Kevin Sobiesuo, a Junior. "They do what they have to do to try and get the people to make sure they want to bid."

"Growing up I've always heard the class of 2016 and 2020 has been pretty rowdy," added Tyrek Foster, a Freshman. "For this to be our first week and get that email, it's kind of like proof in the pudding."

The suspension comes after bid weekend for fraternities, a major Greek life event held to gain new members.

Yamshak said some of the problems may have been associated with freshmen.

"They've never drank before and they're not supposed to be drinking alcohol and they're drinking too much alcohol," he said.

Now students are warning their classmates to follow the rules.

"Just be careful," said Sarah LaFond, a Sophomore. "Do what you think is best for you. Don't do things just because your friends are doing it. They'll get you in trouble for doing that."

School officials are trying to decide whether the alcohol and substance abuse program will be done through the school, or through an outside company.

Mike Robertson, a spokesman with CofC, said Greek member could expect an "in-person" seminar type of setting, but didn't rule out an online program.

At this time there have not been any punishments drawn up if Greek members were to disobey this suspension.

"We'll look into that if the case arises," Robertson said.

Earlier this week the College of Charleston was ranked the 15th biggest party school in the country, according to the Princeton Review.

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