Greek 101 educates students on effects of drinking, hazing

Students filed into Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Sunday for “Greek 101” to listen to speakers discuss the consequences of alcohol and hazing.Mike Green, president and founder of Collegiate Consultants, spoke to approximately 1,200 students about responsible drinking and recounted his own experiences as a recovering alcoholic.

“You don’t have to be an alcoholic to have an alcohol problem,” Green said.

Most students who drink are “one-nighters,” or drinkers with a one-night problem with a secondary consequence, Green said.

Responsible drinking is a social skill and fraternity and sorority members should act as “spotters” for fellow members, taking away car keys when someone has had too much to drink, Green said. No one should have more than three shots of alcohol in one night, he said.

Some students did not agree with the event’s theme of responsible drinking.

Freshman premajor Philip Hernandez said he agreed that while he liked Green, he did not think his drinking philosophy was realistic.

“Nobody drinks that little,” Hernandez said.

Green said he developed his approach after speaking at universities across the nation.

“I think a little prevention can help us save some of our buddies,” Green said.

After an intermission, Michael Johnston spoke about the legal implications of hazing. Johnston, a Fort Worth attorney who specializes in personal injury cases, began by speaking about Tim, a student at the University of Texas who suffered severe brain damage after being beaten by “pledge educators.” Johnston continued by discussing the effects of hazing in his own family.

Johnston spoke about his brother, Howard, who died in a hazing-related car accident.

Johnston said hazing will continue to be prevalent on college campuses.

“I have confidence that some college students are aggressively stupid and will violate the statute even though they have a copy of it right in their hands,” Johnston said.

James Parker, assistant dean of Campus Life, said the event was part of a continued education program, which included lectures and personal involvement with students.

“We want them to be safe,” Parker said. “We want to be available to them as a resource.”

Randy Horne, Interfraternity Council vice president, said he thought the event was effective, especially Green’s lecture.

Freshman political science major Josh Jemente said that while he liked Green’s approach, he didn’t agree with his message.

“He didn’t change my opinion about drinking heavily,” Jemente said. “But he didn’t preach at us.