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Southern Methodist University Alcohol floods freshmen-8/31/11 From the SMU student press-reports on recent violations, the general conditions and SMU’s efforts
Southern Methodist University Familiar letters return to fraternity row-9/3/11 Reinstitution of the SMU chapter for Kappa Alpha Order after it was suspended in 1999.
Southern Methodist 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/
Texas Colleges & Universities Another crazy decision: Allowing handguns on campus-5/12/11 “Now parents who send their kids to Texas colleges and universities can worry about their kids getting shot by friendly fire at alcohol-fueled parties. Guns and alcohol don't mix well, whether it's at the bar down the street or the most elite college campus in Texas.”
Southern Methodist University Women: prevent sexual assaults, drinking responsibly may reduce risk factor-11/1/13 Student view---“Young women, please wake up and realize that the majority of these incidents happen when the victims are intoxicated.”

Recent Alcohol-Related Tragedies involving Southern Methodist University Students

Meaghan Bosch, May 14, 2007, Southern Methodist University How and why? Meaghan was found over 100 miles from Dallas, where SMU is located. “She lived one block from me in a complex of condo-apartments that on the outside looks posh and security-protected but that I have always heard is a haven of burglaries, drunken parties, drug dealing and other nefarious activities.” As expected, the deaths have raised the perennial issues of alcohol and substance abuse on college campuses, and whether universities are doing enough to proactively combat binge drinking and drug use. 
Joseph Hunter Green, January 22, 2010, Southern Methodist University  How and why? Joseph was found dead in the former Kappa Alpha fraternity house near campus.  The fraternity’s charter was revoked after repeated violations of campus rules regarding off-campus parties.   An autopsy found that Joseph died of a mixture of alcohol and muscle-relaxing and painkilling drugs.
Jordan Crist, 19, May 3, 2007, Southern Methodist University                       How and why? The SMU Daily Campus reports that first-year student Jordan Christ had a blood-alcohol level of .4. That's five times the legal limit
Jacob Stiles, December 2006, Southern Methodist University                       How and why? Stiles was found dead inside his Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at Southern Methodist University earlier this month, died of a lethal combination of alcohol and drugs.
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