CU frats take break from parties |

CU frats take break from parties

BOULDER ” Fifteen University of Colorado fraternity chapters are taking a two-week break from parties, as a precaution amid a trend of over-the-top partying.

“Over a period of several months we’ve seen an increase in parties getting bigger and louder,” said Marc Stine, a Greek advocate hired by the Interfraternity Council.

“There’s been more alcohol consumption than we like to see at our parties, and police have closed some down and fraternity presidents have closed some down.”

Fraternity leaders will go through leadership and risk-management training during the next two weeks, Stine said. They will hear from a fire-safety expert, a Boulder police sergeant and an attorney.

Christopher Kline, president of the Interfraternity Council, said the council’s executive board made the decision Wednesday to take a break from parties after an increase in chapters violating council rules. He said it was not linked to any specific incident.

“In years past, the IFC, which represents the 1,000 men in our fraternity community, waited for minor issues to grow and get out of hand, until there was a ‘blow up’ or a tragedy occurred,” Kline said.

In 2004, fraternities banned parties after the alcohol poisoning death of Lynn “Gordie” Bailey. Bailey’s mother, Leslie Lanahan, has filed a civil lawsuit alleging the Chi Psi fraternity and some of its former members were negligent and responsible for her son’s death. The defendants have denied the claims.

Another party ban was issued the next year after several women were hospitalized with alcohol-related problems.

A ban also was enacted last spring after the death of Jesse Gomez, who attended a fraternity party the night before his body was found. However, the coroner ruled his death as “undetermined” and said Gomez was not lethally drunk. He did not have drugs in his system.

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