Friday, August 16, 2013

WSU New Semester Marred by Alcohol-Fueled Incidents; Idaho School Board Member Says, 'Nobody's a Virgin to This'

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The 2012-2013 school year at Washington State University was marred by a rash of falls from campus balconies with even Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson saying, "There's stupidity out there."

The 2013-2014 school year hasn't even officially begun, and already WSU students are again falling and injuring themselves after apparent drunkenness.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that campus and Pullman police have handled several calls involving alcohol this week, including two falls and a possible robbery in which the victim was too drunk to provide any information.

According to the police, the alleged robbery took place in the Greek Row neighborhood of the campus community, but due to the victim's extreme intoxication, police were unable to follow up. The victim had also been hit in the stomach by his assailants.

Meanwhile, just down the road, the University of Idaho has seen its own share of alcohol-related incidents—including students being injured from drunken falls and one U of I student dying of hypothermia. In April, Milford Terrell, an Idaho State Board of Education member said the situation was "slowly but surely becoming out of control."

But on Aug. 15, U of I Interim President Don Burnett said his university was prepared to hire additional staff, tighten up student policies and enforce new restrictions on Greek programs in an effort to combat alcohol and drug abuse.

"This is a public health crisis," Burnett told the ISBE during its meeting in Pocatello. "Writing these things down is very important, but having people implement it every day is equally important."

Terrell told Burnett that his campus was not alone with the problem.

"Nobody's a virgin to this," said Terrell. "It happens on all of the campuses."

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