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Ithaca College in the Press

Ithaca College First two lessons to learn at Cornell, Ithaca College: Beware of gorges, alcohol-8/19/11 I've been editing this newspaper for 15 years. During that time, I've written many headlines about good and promising college students drowning in our gorges or dying from alcohol poisoning. The last year was a horror. Two students -- one at Cornell and one at Ithaca College-- died from alcohol poisoning.”
Ithaca College Ithaca College students help in passage of new 911 Good Samaritan law-7/22/11 Amnesty Rule-Common student reaction after peer dies from alcohol poisoning.  Will lack of sanctions result in more prudent reaction to a colleague who is “sleeping it off”?
Ithaca College After Daughter’s Death, Ithaca College Professor Leads Push to Curb Drinking-2/15/12 “Following the alcohol-related death of his daughter, Prof. Joseph Cheng, finance and international business, Ithaca College, is leading an initiative to have students publicly pledge to abstain from drinking alcohol until they turn 21.”  “So far, twenty-five students from both Cornell and Ithaca College have taken the pledge”

Recent Alcohol-Related Tragedies involving Ithaca College Students

William Jacobson, 19, April 28, 2008, Ithaca College How and why? William was last seen between 3:30–4:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 27, in the backyard of a home  in the City of Ithaca. William had attended a party at that address and was last seen walking  back to his room in on campus.  New York State Police divers found William's body in a pond less than a 10th of a mile from the college's public safety building.
Victoria Cheng, 17, February 26, 2011, Ithaca College How and why? When found outside her off-campus home in the snow, Victoria was unresponsive.   She had lost her life after a night of drinking.   As Victoria’s father, a professor at the college, was quoted in the aftermath: "Like many young people today, Victoria got caught up in the drinking culture. Young people get the impression that drunkenness is okay as long as no one gets hurt. We need to address the issue beyond safety and discuss it as a moral issue."
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