Some students ignore antialcohol campaign, CU says |

Some students ignore antialcohol campaign, CU says

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Many college students are ignoring the deadly consequences of binge drinking despite an eight-year campaign to rein in alcohol abuse, a University of Colorado official said.CU-Boulder Chancellor Richard Byyny, speaking to the university regents at a Wednesday meeting in Colorado Springs, said even students who know the dangers seem to think they are immune.Others believe companions who have passed out will “sleep it off” when in fact they are in danger, he said.Byyny’s report to the regents came five days after freshman Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr., 18, of Dallas was found dead in a fraternity house just off the Boulder campus.The cause of death has not been released. University officials said alcohol may have been involved, and Boulder police said Bailey and at least two dozen other fraternity members had spent the previous night drinking.Police Chief Mark Beckner said the group drank four bottles of whiskey, six big bottles of wine and three kegs of beer.Investigators found no evidence of foul play in Bailey’s death, he said.Less than two weeks before Bailey’s death, a sophomore at Colorado State University in Fort Collins died of alcohol poisoning. A deputy coroner said Samantha Spady, 19, of Beatrice, Neb., had consumed 30 to 40 beers and vodka drinks in 11 hours.CU launched an alcohol crackdown in 1996, including a rule allowing administrators to suspend students on the third alcohol violation. This year, the policy was tightened so that students can be suspended after the second violation.Binge drinking hasn’t been a major problem at CU’s Colorado Springs campus, spokesman Thomas Hutton said.

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