Archive for Saturday, August 22, 2009

KU probes alcohol-related sorority incident

August 22, 2009


As Kansas University students returned to campus for classes Thursday, so did an ongoing drumbeat of alcohol-related issues at the school.

As football season approaches and students return to class, opportunities will remain for students to drink — and drink to excess.

Calls involving alcohol poisoning are a situation that happens frequently in Lawrence, said John Drees, community education specialist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. “What I try to gently remind people is that this is going on every day,” he said.

Shortly after 10:45 p.m. Thursday, medical units were called to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority house, 1 Gower Place, for what was initially called a case involving alcohol poisoning.

Several members of the sorority on Friday either refused to comment on the incident or said they were unaware of what happened.

Rebecca Ingraham, president of KU’s Panhellenic Association, which oversees nine different sororities, including Kappa Kappa Gamma, said the organization was investigating an alcohol-related incident at the sorority, but would not comment on its nature until an investigation is completed.

She said the organization has several rules that its members must follow, including rules that ban drinking inside the sorority houses. Another states that all members — even those of legal drinking age — cannot drink during Rush Week, a ban that was lifted at 6 p.m. Thursday, she said.

The Panhellenic Association does not have a comparable policy to KU’s that governs student housing allowing for amnesty for students who call in a medical emergency, Ingraham said.

However, she said the organization trains its member chapters in alcohol-related situations.

“Our first priority is always to get a person help,” she said.

If organizations violate policies, a judicial board can hand down a variety of sanctions depending on the nature of the offense, Ingraham said.

Meanwhile, Drees said the hospital gets about one call a day related to alcohol poisoning in the city, and about three others involving lesser amounts of alcohol.

Many of those calls involve people aged 18 to 22, he said.

Though the rate has increased dramatically over the last five years — the volume of alcohol-related calls is up 59 percent during that period — Drees said he doesn’t want to overstate the problem either.

“Most kids don’t end up in the ER,” he said. “Most kids don’t end up binge drinking.”

Sometimes, he said, college students will participate in drinking large amounts because they feel a need to fit in, which doesn’t fit with the real numbers, he said.

Marlesa Roney, KU’s vice provost for student success, said the school cannot take action on off-campus alcohol use under its recently announced parental notification policies.

However, she said, because the greek system was so closely tied to the university, the school would offer its assistance in this case, and would work with national organizations and local chapters. It would offer education and other assistance if needed, Roney said.


Zachary Stoltenberg 8 years, 8 months ago

And how many ambulances were called the to dorms this week because of alcohol related incidents? Way to be objective urinal world, only telling the part of the story that suites you. Damn dirty hippies.

kusp8 8 years, 8 months ago

Haha, urinal world! Good one! Thanks for the early morning chuckle!

Zachary Stoltenberg 8 years, 8 months ago

It's not original, I don't know who on here used it but I loved it too.

Sharon Aikins 8 years, 8 months ago

If you haven't heard that one before, chuckabee, you are either very young or very new to Lawrence. It's been around here longer than I have and that's a long time.

morganlefay 8 years, 8 months ago

I enjoy seeing the Greek world drug through the mud. A majority of students on campus can't stand greek life. Mommy and Daddy's $$ can't hide everything all the time!

slowplay 8 years, 8 months ago


It's sad that you enjoy the misfortunes of others. I feel sorry for you.

Bunny_Hotcakes 8 years, 8 months ago

Oh slowplay, you're cute. Are you going to tell us that we're JUS' JELLUS!!!111!!ELEVENTY!!!! next?

LadyJ 8 years, 8 months ago

I live near some fraternities and sororities and there was yelling and screaming still at 3 a.m.

Linda and Bill Houghton 8 years, 8 months ago

That term for the Journal World was already in use when our children were at KU in the late '80s and may well go back a lot longer.

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 8 months ago

I have long called this paper the "Urinal Whirl".

Heard it here first.

morganalefay 8 years, 8 months ago

morganlefay said:

"I enjoy seeing the Greek world drug through the mud. A majority of students on campus can't stand greek life. Mommy and Daddy's $$ can't hide everything all the time!"

No offense to "morganlefay," but I just didn't want to be confused with morganlefay, if for no other reason than the fact that I would never say "drug" as the past tense of the verb "to drag."

It's "dragged." Morganlefay "enjoys seeing the Greek world [dragged] through the mud."

Though I must say, I liked Greece when I was there on vacaction for a couple weeks. I wouldn't want them dragged through the mud. :-)

das 8 years, 8 months ago

The Greek system should be held to the spotlight. Their own "marketing" tells of their community service and other benefits to the university and larger community. When any org does that, then they will get all publicity...good and bad. Suck it up and deal with it!

kuhawk22 8 years, 8 months ago

Panhellenic governs 13 sororities not 9. It would be nice if the LJ World could at least get their facts right.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 8 months ago

About three years ago I was at Home Depot buying plumbing parts (for my home). The plumbing dept. guy (Harold) was griping because group after group of sorority girls were approaching him to ask where they could buy hoses and such to make beer bongs. They were asking his advice on how to make them, and he was getting upset. While we were talking, another group approached. Apparently, this "beer bong parade" was part of some organized event.

ralphralph 8 years, 8 months ago

They make it so hard for kids to drink in high school, that they don't know how to do it safely when they get to college. Result: binge-related poisoning.

ClaroAtaxia 8 years, 8 months ago

Here's an idea, how 'bout any student who is caught drinking underage loses federal financial aid. We do it for weed so why not do it for something that's as dangerous as alcohol?

Robert Rauktis 8 years, 8 months ago

How can you overdose on Bud Lite? It's physically impossible!

Sigmund 8 years, 8 months ago

Like this is the first time a alcohol poisoned sorority girl was probed.

Janet Lowther 8 years, 8 months ago

I first saw the crack "Uranal World" back in the early 1970s on a K.U. bathroom wall, with instructions "Flush twice It's a long way to the. . ."

I doubt if it was new even then.

Belinda Rehmer 8 years, 8 months ago

SFBayhawk and beobachter RE: drunkenness - It's not about how many alcoholic beverages you drink. It's about how your body chemistry reacts to the alcoholic beverage. That is why the experts can not tell you how many drinks are too many. One person could drink 3 bud lites and have no residual affect when the person next to him could drink 2 and be drunk. Did you know that you could also drink enough water to kill you? The answer to this problem is for us to realize the danger of excess. If we would take on the responsibility for ourselves and others, and discourage excess when we see/hear it. If we would stop our friend from taking that next drink, tell the friends that are wanting to make beer bongs, etc. how stupid that is. Stop laughing at drunken activity and instead explain to our friends how their actions were not funny but embarrassing and dangerous, we could change a culture that encourages stupidity. If we would just care about others we could make a difference.

geekin_topekan 8 years, 8 months ago

"Internal Probe at Sorority Reveals Something Fishy"< :):):):):):):):):)

Oh jeez, I get such a kick out of myself.

phoggyjay 8 years, 8 months ago

If cannabis were legal, students would have a safer alternative for their nights out. Deaths resulting from consuming cannabis- None Deaths resulting from consuming alcohol- Not enough space

Matt Schwartz 8 years, 8 months ago

love is like oxygen...get too much and you get high...not enough, you'll die.

Matt Schwartz 8 years, 8 months ago

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Matt Schwartz 8 years, 8 months ago

berehmer, i'd like to look at any other of your book reports that have been published...thanks.

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