W HEN IT COMES TO LISTING
the nation's top party
schools, the U. of Colorado
seems to have gained tenured status. So
it's hard to believe that as of this fall, all
18 fraternities at CU self-imposed a ban
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on booze in their chapters.
But it's true.
The fraternities have joined their
already dry sorority counterparts
and approved a resolution pledging:
"No member chapter will host any
function in its chapter house... dur-
ing which alcohol is distributed or
consumed." (The fraternities are still
allowed to have alcohol in their
houses - it just can't be served at
parties they host.)
It was the first campuswide
pledge by any of the nation's univer-
sity Greek communities to stay dry.
And the debate wasn't even close.
Shortly after, the U. of Iowa enacted
a similar policy, and Utah State U.
banned alcohol completely from fra-
ternity and sorority houses.
"There was a lot of pressure
from the community," says
One man's trash---
Intrafraternity Council president
and Alpha Tau Omega member
Brian Phillips, a senior.
After two high-profile alcohol-
related tragedies last spring - an
acquaintance rape that led to sec-
ond-degree rape convictions of two
fraternity members and the death of
a freshman in a drinking and dri-
ving accident after a fraternity party
- authorities were fed up with
Greek underage and binge drinking.
"People have been really nervous
- afraid that police are going to
raid their houses anytime," says
Chad Fisher, a CU senior and presi-
dent of Kappa Sigma.
"We've definitely been busting the
hell out of the fraternities," says Boul-
der Police chiefTom Koby.
Since July, fraternities had been
A S IF FRESHMAN YEAR ISN'T AWKWARD ENOUGH.
Imagine living it on camera and before a national
television audience. That's exactly what Elizabeth
Miller of Syracuse U. and Antoinne Harris of the U. of
Southern California are doing.
Producers of ABC's Good Morn- a freshman," says Sandra Aikens, a
ing Amrerica are documenting how GMA associate producer.
the students' lives change during Show producers chose Miller
this exciting yet transitional period. and Harris from the pool of incom-
"We wanted to show how chal- ing freshmen at Syracuse and USC.
lenging the first semester can be forf GMA tracked Harris, 18, as he
left his small hometown
of Henderson, N.C.,
Students at .C.U.. en route to the foreign
land of Los Angeles.
Harris during his first
few days at USC. "It's
hard handling all the
work and the pres-
sures of balancing my
time," he says.
came with some sur-
prise. Shortly after arriv-
ing on the Syracuse
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targeted by police for raids on an
almost routine basis. Hundreds of
ets were issued by local police. Frater-
nity officers were being held respon-
sible for serving underage drinkers,
and there was a threat that some
chapters could lose their houses.
Jonathan Brant, executive vice
president for the National Interfra-
ternity Conference, says it was clear
Boulder authorities were looking to
force a change.
"But we think this is an oppor-
tunity to reshape the stereotypes of
the Greek system - back to leader-
ship, scholarship and community
activism," Brant says.
Jim Moscou, U. of Colorado/
Photo by Frances Huffman
campus from Baltimore, Miller, 17,
discovered she had been chosen as a
finalist. After interviews with Syracuse
administrators and GMA producers, a
camera crew was assigned to follow
her through opening-weekend events.
After the first few days, the crews
left Harris and Miller, and GMA
producers provided the freshmen
with cameras to tape their experi-
ences. There's no money in it for
them, just the thrill of seeing them-
selves on national television.
"It's sort of like [MTV's] The
Real World," Miller says. "I've
been given a camera and very few
guidelines." Miller says she's taped
herself hanging out with friends
and sitting in a few of her classes.
"Of course, I'm busy," she says.
"But it's fun."
The first segments aired Sept. 5,
and GMA will be checking in with
Miller and Harris periodically.
Haven't we seen this somewhere
before? Perhaps GMA producers
should call the installments The
Real Similar World.
Carrie Hutchison, Syracuse U./
illustration by Jason Jeffers,
U. of South Carolina
He's a down-to-earth smarty-
pants. "There are a lot of people
out there who are probably
smarter than I am, and they are
just staying back," Qian says. "I
saw an opportunity, and I took
advantage of it."
Weighing in at only 100
pounds, he tipped the testing
scales with scores of 33 on the
ACT and 1300 on the SAT.
Obviously, he didn't have the
typical trip through grammar
school - he leap-frogged a cou-
ple of grades. And while the other
juniors at his high school were in
line to take the king-of-the-hill
position as seniors, Qian crowned
himself a college freshman.
Michael Pearson, Qian's cal-
culus professor, says he's
impressed with Qian. "He's
quiet, but right on top of things,"
Honors Calculus III isn't
e.nough to keep Qian busy,
either. He's takisg 20 hours this
semester - the average is 15
hours, and the lmit without spe-
cial permission is 19 - and
spends most of the day on the
MSU campus. But this fast-track
freshman is still more comfort-
able hanging around with kids his
own age. Joining his 13- to 15-
year-old friends at the end of the
day to play baseball is a nice
change from the collegiate grind.
As for being several grades above
his friends, Qian says, "I don't
mind helping them do their home-
work, but I don't do it for them."
Qian is happy he doesn't get
treated differently from anyone
else. No one seems to notice he's
five years younger than the aver-
age college freshman. But he
doesn't live on campus.
Dorms may be the ultimate
college experience, but Qian lives
at home and gets all the perks:
home-cooked meals and free
laundry. Heck, his mom usually
does his laundry!
By LaRaye Brown, Mississippi
StateU./Photo by Garland Cary,
Mississippi State U.
H E'S NOT OLD ENOUGH TO DRIVE, YET HON-
ors Calculus III is part of his daily grind.
What? That's right, Hench Qian is a 13-
year-old freshman at Mississippi State U.
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head, "What are you going to do when
"I'm gonna go back to college, man!"
For years, it was only a joke - a way to
poke fun at the thousands of enraptured souls
who, led in song and spirit, interrupted their
lives to follow the Grateful Dead.
What will happen to the tie-dyed students
of Hamlin now that the Pied Piper has packed
up his guitar and, to paraphrase one of his
sweetest tunes, gone where the climate suits
Michelle Striegel, a junior at Guilford Col-
lege in North Carolina, couldn't even listen to
the Grateful Dead after she heard of Jerry
"I thought it was a cruel joke at first," she
says. "Then I was really bummed."
But now that she's gotten over the initial
shock of his death and has resumed listening
to their music, Striegel says she'll start hitting
the books again.
Susan Ranheim, a grad student at the U.
of New Orleans, spent a week in a secluded
cabin mourning Garcia's death.
"I was bummed when I heard about it,"
she says. "I wanted to call all my Deadhead
friends, but most of them don't have phones."
Any professor in a Dead tour city will
attest to the fact that the requests for exten-
sions increased in direct proportion to the
approach of concert dates.
Ranheim must have kept her professors
guessing. "I ended Lsp spending two weeks ir
the middle of my junior year following these
guys around, making hippie jewelry and sell-
ing grilled cheese sandwiches," she says.
Some have suggested that other bands -
Phish, for example - will pick up the Dead's fol-
lowing and keep alive the hedonistic life of park-
ing lot parties, veggie burritos and universal kind-
ness. Still, most 'heads hesitate to suggest that any
band, even Phish, could replace the Dead.
"Phish is a followers' band - true - but
they're not the Dead," says John Grant, a
Tufts U., Mass., senior. "I don't think the fol-
lowing will transfer itself, because it's just not
the same experience as going to a Dead
show.... You can't duplicate that."
Grant still hangs on to the ticket that will
never be. The untorn ticket was for Sept. 19, the
last show on the Boston run and what would
have been the last concert at Boston Garden
before the building was razed.
"Jerry made the Dead," says Eustacio
Humphrey, a senior at Northeastern U. in
Massachusetts. "The Dead can't be a band
without Jerry's sound. It was so unique."
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" All nine U. of California campuses staged demonstrations Oct. 12 in support of
affirmative action. UC was the first university system in the nation to scale back its
affirmative-action programs since they've been ruled vulnerable to court chal-
lenges. Teach-ins, walkouts and rallies were held in an effort to push the board of
regents to rescind its rollback.
" Remember the Common Fund fiasco? Now First Capital Strategists Inc., which
lost $138 million in college investments, is going after the company partners' per-
sonal assets to cover the losses. It's also rumored that the 15-year-old Pennsylva-
nia-based company is shutting down.
" Religious publications can now get financial support at the U. of Virginia. The uni-
versity had banned using student fees for religious activities, but the editors of a Christ-
ian newspaper sued in 1990, and in June the Supreme Court ruled that the ban was
unconstitutional. The new policy doesn't extend to activities other than publications.
The bus stops here.
December 1995 * U. Mtagaze 17