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Recent Alcohol-Related Tragedies involving Northwestern University Students

Matthew S. Sunshine, 19, June 10, 2008, Northwestern University More Information Matthew died of an accidental alcohol overdose had attended a drinking party at his dormitory.
Harsha Maddula, 18, September 22, 2012, Northwestern University More Information Harsha lost his life from drowning in a harbor after last being seen leaving from a party.   Harsha was missing for 5 days.  His blood alcohol content was measured to be about 1.5 times the .08 level at which it is illegal to drive a car.
Mihirtej Boddupalli, July 19, 2014\, Northwestern University More Information Mihirtej lost his life when the car in which he was a passenger drove into a flooded quarry.  Another student, Sajaad Syed, died in the accident.  The intoxicated driver’s blood/alcohol was measured to be .142.

Northwestern University in the Press

Northwestern University Pinto: Drinking age of 21 unrealistic, ultimately dangerous-4/14/15 Student view---“ To reduce binge drinking and the negative consequences of alcohol use, we have to change the broader context of alcohol in this country to a context suitable for younger people. Reducing the drinking age is the best way to go about doing so.”
Northwestern University Silent victims: sexual assault on campus-7/7/11 In many campus cases, sexual assaults not separable from alcohol excesses
Northwestern University Northwestern reaches $2 million settlement with Sunshine family-09/21/10 “Two years after Matthew Sunshine died of alcohol poisoning in his Northwestern dorm room, University administrators have agreed to a legal settlement with his family”
Northwestern University Wildcat Welcome Week alcohol-related hospital visits increase-10/4/11 Student aricle---“Three Northwestern freshmen were transported to the hospital for alcohol-related reasons during this year's Wildcat Welcome Week, an increase from the zero students sent during last year's new student activities.”  “Years previous to the 2010 Wildcat Welcome Week saw six and four students, respectively, sent to the hospital for alcohol-related reasons.”  “"I think that it's up to the rest of campus to provide an environment where these students (freshmen) don't need to go out and get wasted in order to feel like part of the Northwestern (community),"” a senoior said.
Northwestern University 'Silent Pacts:' ASG, administrators look to make Northwestern drinking culture safer-3/8/13 ” Now, following the second alcohol-related death of a student in four years, administrators and student leaders are looking beyond policy changes — and toward educational improvements and a new “party monitor initiative” — in their quest to make drinking at Northwestern safer.”
Northwestern University Drinking collaborative establishes guidelines-7/8/11 Representatives from 32 colleges and universities meet in the newly formed Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking, including Duke University ---- More information on the Learning Collaborative at  http://www.nchip.org/

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