Greek houses to be dry this year

Colleen Jenkins | TMS Campus

Executives at nine national fraternity headquarters are refocusing their organizations’ values with one overarching resolution for the new millennium: no alcoholic beverages in any chapter facilities.While alumni donors are supporting promises to establish alcohol-free housing, many active Greeks are leftquestioning the motives behind the change and are quick to point out that alcohol-free housing doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily abstain from drinking. National fraternity executives concede liability insurance is a big factor behind the initiative because they face increasingly high premiums due to injuries and deaths related to their houses.

Since 1970, there have been 36 fraternity or sorority deaths from falls that often involved alcohol. Alcohol-free housing is expected too lower those insurance costs.