A task force is being assembled to address issues of alcohol and
substance abuse at CSU.
The task force, led by Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, will examine issues
such as binge drinking, underage drinking, the fraternity and
sorority systems and the overall culture of CSU. The task force
will be asked to provide a report and recommendations to CSU
President Larry Penley regarding these issues.
Although recent events within the CSU community, such as
sophomore Samantha Spady’s death and the riots on Aug. 21 and 22,
have been tragic, they are isolated incidences.
These events are not indicative of the CSU community as a
We ask the task force to keep this in mind, as they look further
into the issue. Alcohol use is part of some students’ lives and its
use is common in many activities around college campuses.
Several reforms have been made since Spady’s death including the
removal of the Sigma Pi fraternity from campus and the vote made by
presidents of all fraternities and sororities on campus to ban
alcohol at all Greek houses.
With all of the changes, we hope that the task force won’t make
any rash decisions based on the recent tragedies without taking CSU
as a whole community into consideration first.