|May 10, 2001
Volume 31 Number 16
|A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico|
Fraternity Pledges to Curb Drinking as a Result of Student Death
Lambda Pi fraternity members are adopting a pledge to curb alcohol use in response to the death of student Adrian Heideman at another fraternity last fall from alcohol poisoning.
Seven fraternity members plus fraternity adviser Larry Bassow and 2001 Distinguished Alum Mike Strand, president of Houston-based software company SYMON Communications, presented the pledge to CSU, Chico President Manuel Esteban on April 27.
As another reflection of the fraternity's commitment to positive Greek activities, the members also presented Esteban with a $2,000 check for the Jackie Faris-Rees Institute for Student Leadership. The institute, formed last year, sponsors programs to develop student leaders.
The pledge requires members to refrain from using alcohol during initiation, drinking alcohol in excess, and forcing anyone to drink alcohol. Breaking the pledge will cause members to be expelled from the fraternity. The pledge also asks signers to be vigilant for binge drinking and driving while drinking.
Lambda Pi disbanded in 1999 after a 45-year history on campus. Bassow said the fraternity is re-forming with a focus on community building.
Chico delegates won two top awards for the second year in a row at the 2001 National Model United Nations conference held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City in April.
The Model U.N. team, which represented the Netherlands in the contest, took home awards for the Outstanding Position Paper, which recognizes excellent pre-conference preparation, and for the Distinguished Delegation, which recognizes excellence during the conference.
The conference, which is the largest college conference in the world, hosted 2,500 students from 200 schools around the world. Students act as delegates on 36 U.N. topics for a country they were assigned to months before the conference.
The Model U.N. team is made up of students who are enrolled in Political Science 242, International Organizations, which is taught by Rick Ostrom. The top leaders from a regional conference are then chosen to represent Chico at the national conference.
The National Model United Nations conference started in 1923 as a simulation of the League of Nations before adopting its present form in 1946.
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