Greeks Accept Alcohol Proposal

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The drought on Frat Row is over, but don't break out the champagne yet-it's still off-limits.

Representatives from UC Berkeley's fraternities and sororities voted last night to approve a proposal that will end the prohibition of alcohol at Greek events.

The proposal, the product of a collaborative effort between university officials and Greek representatives over the summer, outlines new requirements for the service of alcohol at parties as well as stricter guidelines for the training of Greek judicial committee members.

Under the proposal, UC Berkeley fraternities and sororities will be assigned a "risk level," determined by assigning a certain number of points to infractions of Greek policy.

Any chapter found to have amassed at least 20 points from violations of Greek policy last semester will still be prohibited from serving alcohol during this semester, said Glen Ryan, Interfraternity Council vice president of risk management.

Ryan said "maybe two or three" fraternities from last semester exceeded 20 points.

"Maybe you've tallied your points and figured out maybe you'll be in social probation for a semester," Ryan said. "But if you don't pass (the proposal) you will still be on social probation for a semester. Pass it and have off-site events."

The plan, which was approved 39 to one, required a two-thirds vote of approval from the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils in order to go into effect.

"(The vote) showed solidarity and trust for the people who put in time over the summer as well as showing seriousness," said Greg Smith, president of the Interfraternity Council.

But Chi Psi president Toby Sevier, the only representative at the meeting who opposed the proposal, said the proposal was unfair because fraternities would be held accountable for actions they performed in the previous semester.

"If we are going to move on in the Greek system into a new era of parties, our last semester should not be judged solely based on these standards," Sevier said.

Once the proposal was approved at the meeting, the Greek representatives were required to pass a resolution incorporating a new university recommended BYOB, or Bring Your Own Beer, policy in order for the moratorium to be lifted.

Although there was debate on the new proposal, the resolution passed with a vote of 38 in favor, with one opposed and one abstention.

Differing BYOB policies are currently required by all UC Berkeley fraternities' national organizations, but now will be standardized by the university, Smith said.

Under the new policy, people may bring alcohol during a party as opposed to before its beginning.

Zeta Psi president Robbie Sproul, who voted against the inclusion of the BYOB policy, said the new requirements would increase loitering and vandalism among people attending fraternity parties.

But other representatives said the new requirements will be beneficial for UC Berkeley fraternities.

"It's going to be good that people can bring alcohol to the chapter house when they enter rather than beforehand," said Zeta Beta Tau president Daniel Frankenstein. "They can just go when they want and have a good time."

Sorority representatives voted unanimously for both the proposal and the BYOB policy.

"We're trying to support the men however we can and help them make this as easy as possible," said Panhellenic Council President Sunny Woodward.

Although the moratorium and proposal did not directly affect sororities-they are forbidden by national policy from holding events at chapter houses-the moratorium did have an adverse impact on sorority members who wanted to attend fraternity parties, she added.


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