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Michigan State University MSU, Anheuser-Busch look to change misperceptions and behaviors on campus-3/2/16 ““As the leading American brewer, we’re committed to promoting the responsible enjoyment of our products,” said Katja Zastrow, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility-Better World, Anheuser-Busch.”
Michigan State University Drinking culture-MSU is known for being a party school. How deep did that culture go?-9/11/14 “Despite a dramatic increase in people calling for help after drinking in excess, students still think more needs to be done by the school to raise awareness about the policy.”
Michigan State University Dangerous mix--In a time of experimentation, illegal drugs can negatively impact community members-2/23/12 Student article-after 2 drug related student deaths-“ Illegal use of painkillers, stimulants and other prescription drugs were more common among respondents, with 18.6 percent reporting use of at least one type of commonly abused prescription drugs.”
Michigan State University Police: Three recent student deaths at MSU believed to be drug related-12/7/11 “The three students died in a span of nine days, but police said their deaths are not related.”   “Drugs were a factor in each of the recent deaths of three Michigan State University students, police say.”
Michigan State University MSU shows higher crime numbers at fraternities than neighboring Wisconsin-11/14/11 Student article—“No arrests were made at Wisconsin fraternities in 2010, and three have been made so far this year. About 15 total arrests were made last year at MSU IFC fraternities, and nine were made as of September.”
Michigan State University Taking accountability-MSU fraternities work to curb potentially dangerous partying behavior-11/14/11 Student article --“Before every registered party, IFC and Panhellenic Council officers tour the fraternity house with a checklist in hand — verifying there are working fire alarms, sober brothers to monitor the party and no glass bottles, among other rules.”
Michigan State University ASMSU makes another attempt to pass medical amnesty bill-9/27/11 Student article:  “ASMSU has pushed for the medical amnesty legislation after adopting a “Good Samaritan” bill in 2008 that encouraged students at MSU and East Lansing to seek medical help without worrying about being charged with a minor in possession, or MIP.”
Michigan State University MSU groups focus on responsible drinking-1/19/10 “Brian McMillen's death is among drinking-related incidents in recent years at MSU that has prompted fraternities, sororities and MSU and East Lansing officials to step up efforts to encourage safe drinking. Just this month, Melissa Rumrill, a former MSU junior, was sentenced to 30 months to 15 years in prison for a drunken driving accident that claimed the life of her passenger, Joe Barton, 20, an MSU junior.”
Michigan universities Michigan underage drinkers who seek alcohol poisoning help can get medical amnesty under new law-5/8/12 Michigan joins many other states with a medical amnesty when Michigan’s governor signed a bill which “provides medical amnesty for minors who seek treatment for alcohol poisoning either for themselves or another person.”
 

Recent Alcohol-Related Tragedies involving Michigan State University Students

 
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Olivia Pryor, 18, March 19, 2012, Michigan State University More Information Olivia was found unresponsive in her dorm by her friends.  Authorities determined that alcohol was a factor in her demise and a man was charged with criminal sexual conduct injury to an incapacitated victim, selling or furnishing to a minor causing death and criminal sexual conduct force or coercion.
Kevin Rourke, 22, December 2, 2011, Michigan State University More Information Kevin was found unresponsive in his apartment.  He likely lost his life form an overdose of a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs which according to toxicology reports were in his system.
Holly Bossenbery, 17, January 30, 2011, Michigan State University (Underage non-students at party held by MSU students) More Information Holly and other high school students attended a party near Michigan State hosted by two Michigan State students and a friend who attended a nearby community college.  After the party, the high school driver who had been drinking at the party crashed the car.  Holly and two other high school attendees lost their lives in the accident.  The three college student hosts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to contribute to the delinquency of minors.
Taylyr Cochran, 18, January 30, 2011, Michigan State University (Underage non-students at party held by MSU students) More Information Taylyr and other high school students attended a party near Michigan State hosted by two Michigan State students and a friend who attended a nearby community college.  After the party, the high school driver who had been drinking at the party crashed the car.  Taylyr and two other high school attendees lost their lives in the accident.  The three college student hosts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to contribute to the delinquency of minors.
Anthony Harris, 17, January 30, 2011, Michigan State University (Underage non-students at party held by MSU students) More Information Anthony and other high school students attended a party near Michigan State hosted by two Michigan State students and a friend who attended a nearby community college.  After the party, the high school driver who had been drinking at the party crashed the car.  Anthony and two other high school attendees lost their lives in the accident.  The three college student hosts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to contribute to the delinquency of minors.
Brian McMillen, 22, November 21, 2009, Michigan State More Information Brian was found unresponsive in his fraternity house bed at about 5 a.m early Saturday morning.  Brianand others had been "hanging out" Friday night and had been drinking.  Authorities believe alcohol was a likely contributing factor with possible health issues also a factor.
Ryan Rosman, November 5, 2009, Michigan State University More Information Ryan was at Joe Louis Arena for a Detroit Red Wings game when he somehow got underneath a bus which dragged him about 3,300 feet into an intersection.  Ryan's blood alcohol content was tested to be about .14 .
Jeremy Sobczak-Obetts, 23, October 17, 2009, Michigan State University More Information Jeremy died when caused when the SUV in which Jeremy was traveling slid off the road and struck a tree at high speed. The vehicle suffered catastrophic damage, although the driver sustained only minor injuries.  The driver was arrested when found to have a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit.
Shane Collins, March 13, 2009, Michigan State University More Information Shane fell to his death from an eighth-floor balcony during spring break in Miami Beach, Fla.  Police investigators said Shane had been drinking from about 11 a.m. until he passed out at the bar about 4 a.m.
Joseph Barton, 20, August 20, 2008, Michigan State University More Information Joseph died in an automobile accident at 1:30am.  “They were both drinking — definitely heavily enough — a half gallon between the two of them,” according to a friend.
 

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