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Top Party School Oks Alcohol Ban

There’s no more BYOB at URI.

A week after it was named the nation’s top party school by an annual guide, the University of Rhode Island banned alcohol at student events on campus.

“We cannot build the new culture for learning to which we aspire in an environment which is depressed and dampened every day by the impact of alcohol and drug abuse, and we should not, and we cannot, hide from that reality any longer,” President Robert L. Carothers said Wednesday in outlining the ban during an assembly.

Students who are 21 or older can have alcohol in their rooms, but there will be none allowed at fraternity parties, homecoming events and all other student activities, he said.

“More and more of our students are demanding that they not be imposed upon by others whose judgment and behavior is impaired by substance abuse. It is time to take a stand at URI,” Carothers said.

Students said the ban was unnecessary and too sweeping.

“I just think one of the things they’re going to do is alienate students from campus life by enforcing this policy,” said Jean Corrigan, vice president of the Student Senate and a sorority member. “I think this is a policy that will hurt (the administration) in the long run.”

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