Frat boys busted for drinking
BRECKENRIDGE ” Breckenridge police issued eight underage drinking citations and one disorderly conduct ticket last weekend at an off-campus party for a CU Boulder fraternity, according to reports from responding officers.
The Breckenridge Police log showed seven noise complaints on Friday and five complaints on Saturday from Los Pinos Condominiums on Snowflake drive.
Reports from Officers Amy Nordeen and George Hughes indicate that approximately 150 kids were in town for a fraternity get-together.
Nordeen and Hughes first went to the condos at about 4:30 a.m. early Saturday morning after receiving four noise complaints. They issued several tickets for underage drinking and gave a warning to the fraternity representative, who said he would tell everyone to keep quiet.
They were called back early Sunday morning, this time at about 1:45 a.m., after receiving four more complaints and handed out several more underage drinking tickets.
Crystal Dean, administrative assistant for the Breckenridge Police Department, said it has issued only 34 underage consumption tickets since Jan. 1, 2004, including the eight from this past weekend.
She said, despite this incident, Greek parties aren’t usually much of a concern in Breckenridge.
“(Fraternity parties) are not a real big problem we have up here. I’ve worked here five-and-a-half years and I can only recall one other situation, another fraternity party, where we issued citations,” Dean said.
Mathew Lopez-Phillips, who is director of Judicial Affairs at CU Boulder, is responsible for upkeeping the university’s non-academic code of conduct, which includes anything from noise violations to sexual assault.
He said his department will work with university police, as well as the Breckenridge police to punish the ticketed students, but he said it depends on a student’s current status.
The university’s alcohol policy includes punishments beginning with educational classes and, after three strikes, ending in suspension, said Lopez-Phillips.
He said if one of the students who was ticketed already has violations, they could face probation or suspension, neither or which is taken lightly.
“Probation is a pretty big deal. It makes us look at things like: Are you a danger to yourself? Are you fit for this institution?” said Lopez-Phillips.
Lopez-Phillips said it’s not uncommon for sororities and fraternities to have organized events, but it is somewhat rare for them to travel out of town for them.
Lopez-Phillips said he will need to investigate which fraternity was in Breckenridge and what type of function was taking place, before any disciplinary action can be taken.
Drinking policies at Colorado universities have been under the microscope following four alcohol related deaths earlier this fall.
According to reports from the Denver Post, on Sept. 16, freshman Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr. was found dead after polishing off several bottles of whiskey and wine with fellow Chi Psi fraternity pledges in the mountains near CU Boulder. The 18 year-old’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) was .328 at the time of his death.
Less than two weeks earlier, Colorado State University (CSU) student Samantha Spady died from alcohol poisoning after consumer 30 drinks in 11 hours, resulting in a BAC of .436, said the Post.
On Oct. 21, Colorado Mountain College (CMC) student Amanda Morrison had a BAC of .22 when she fell 42 feet to her death from a dormitory room window in Colorado Springs.
Less than a week later, 24 year-old Joseph Michael Osborne, who was a CMC student in Steamboat Springs, died of heart and lung failure due to alcohol poisoning. His BAC was .302.
The remaining five CSU fraternities that allowed drinking in their houses went dry following Spady’s death in September.
At this time, fraternities at CU Boulder are not required to be dry.
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