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The number of hospitalizations has been so staggering, it has brought those in charge of greek life into action.

South Carolina's Greek life controversy

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Fraternity and sorority council wrote up a proposal that limited alcohol served by fraternities before the ECU game, resulting in angry Greeks. Fraternity and sorority council wrote up a proposal that limited alcohol served by fraternities before the ECU game, resulting in angry Greeks.

By Chris Mullooly, Carolina News

The University of South Carolina’s sorority and fraternity councils’ proposition to regulate alcohol consumption went into effect over the weekend.

The changes stemmed from recent events that have put Greek life under a whirl of controversy.

Since the start of the school year, hospitalizations are up 200 percent from previous years. Forty-three students were hospitalized, 30 were either in a fraternity or sorority. The proposal was designed to significantly reduce this number.

USC's sorority council issued new rules on Sept. 12 that said social events involving fraternities or sororities would follow guidelines, including:

  • Serving only beer and wine, with no liquor allowed
  • Free food and water would have to be readily available prior to and during the event
  • No social events prior to October 1

The new rules drew controversy among many Greeks because the proposal indicated sorority members would not be able to tailgate with fraternities before the football game against ECU.

“I’m old enough to vote, I’m old enough to go to war for my country,” one sorority member who wanted to remain anonymous said. “I’m not old enough to decide what I want to do for a tailgate for my football game?”

The fraternity council and sorority council met and released a joint proposal about changed the regulations.

The new rules said:

  • No alcohol at tailgates
  • Those of the legal drinking age could only bring six beers for their own personal consumption
  • Fraternity council will provide 15 cases of bottled water to each recognized fraternity
  • Each fraternity shall provide food for all those present

The Greek life office has yet to confirm how the regulations affected alcohol consumption and hospitalizations for those that are fraternity or sorority affiliated.

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