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Dear Ms Vagas I saw your Broadcast piece The Scott Kruger Story on ABC that was shown in September 1997 and would like to respond because I think that two key aspects were not discussed Scotts parents and Scott himself In my opinion they are the only people to be held responsible for his death Although I agree that MIT turned a blind eye on the problems because they obviously knew they existed especially in this fraternity it was Scotts personal and free choice to live there to start drinking and to continue it in the form of binging until his blood alcohol level hit 41 Kalb p69 Teenage binge drinking is a serious problem and unfortunately widespread on US campuses The deaths are just pilling up here says Hank Nuwer author of Wrongs of Passage Fraternities Sororities Hazing and Binge Drinking Binge Drinkings Campus Toll 2002 A Harvard study found that 70 of students at 119 colleges binge drink Among Greek students the numbers are even higher 86 of fraternity members and 80 of sorority members living in chapter houses are likely to engage in binging which was defined as more than 5 drinks in a row for men and more than 4 drinks in a row for women Kowalski p 6-7 As you can see events like the Animal House night are not just a problem for MIT or the Fiji House Alcohol is the No 1 issue on every campus Ive been on says John Williamson executive vice president of the Indianapolis-based North-American Interfraternity Conference which represents 66 fraternities on 800 campuses in the USA Binge Drinkings Campus Toll 2002 The Harvard study also found that students drink to get drunk 47 drink because of the status associated with drinking drink because it is a tradition and culture or because of peer pressure andor academic stress Binge drinking on college campuses Indeed MIT ignored the numerous letters and warnings by former
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