New Working Group on Alcohol Abuse

The following charge was sent in a letter Monday by Provost Robert Barchi to a new working group that will advise him and the President on alcohol abuse. Its members are

  • Michael Bassik, UA Vice Chair;
  • Samantha Berend of the Tangible Change committee;
  • Dr. Herman Beavers of English; Dr. David Brownlee of the College House System;
  • Dr. Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, VPUL;
  • Bill Conway, UA Chair;
  • Dr. Peter Conn, Senate Chair-elect;
  • Stephen Fechheimer of IFC,
  • Elizabeth Gesas, C '02;
  • Michele Goldfarb, Office of Student Conduct;
  • Rebecca Iverson of the Panhellenic Council;
  • Michael Kraver, former Sigma Alpha Mu President;
  • Megan MacDonald of DART;
  • Ramon Marmolejos of BIG-C;
  • Mark Metzl, IFC President;
  • Melanie Redmond, C '01;
  • Jed Ryan of the Penn Drinking Project;
  • Jeffery Snyder, IFC's former Vice President for Rush; and
  • Sanjay Udani, former GAPSA Chair.

The death of Michael Tobin at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity last weekend drew into painful focus the issue of alcohol abuse in our community. This tragic event occurred in a weekend that witnessed three other alcohol-related incidents, one of which resulted in the hospitalization of a student.

We cannot allow alcohol abuse to threaten the life and health of our students, friends and colleagues. We cannot tolerate alcohol abuse in our community.

Even as we mourn the loss of alumnus Michael Tobin, a 1994 graduate of the College, we must take action to prevent another such tragedy.

It is with this seriousness of purpose that I invite you to participate in a working group which will help us define the scope and nature of the problem and also present recommendations on how best to tackle this troubling trend. We will look specifically and immediately at the policy we have just instituted which prohibits alcohol from being served at registered parties. We will consider carefully the nature and duration of this suspension and of any additional measures that should be taken.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 26, March 30, 1999