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Archive for Sunday, January 31, 1993

MOCK TRIAL TO EXPLORE ALCOHOL-RELATED ISSUES

January 31, 1993

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Kansas University fraternity and sorority members on Tuesday will face negligence charges in the death of two students killed after drinking illegally at a greek party.

Of course, this is a mock trial. But issues raised at the proceeding will be real.

"The purpose is to convey to all greek leaders what their responsibilities are at parties," said Ed Schager, a KU student helping to organize the program.

"We want them to understand what liability implications of serving alcohol at parties. A house could be sued for millions and millions of dollars," he said.

The program at 7 p.m. in the Kansas Union ballroom is sponsored by GAMMA, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol.

"GAMMA isn't trying to prevent people from drinking or to get people to stop drinking," Schager said. "GAMMA is trying to discourage abuse of alcohol."

Dave Westol, executive director of the national Theta Chi fraternity, will act as prosecuting attorney at the mock trial.

He will question KU fraternity and sorority leaders about the fictitious case, in which an underage male and female student were killed in a car accident after consuming alcoholic beverages at a greek party.

Westol serves on the National Interfraternity Conference Legal Affairs Committee and has lectured at more than 60 college campuses and fraternal organzation conferences.

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