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UT Daily Texan reports that Penn State student Timothy Piazza’s alcohol poisoning/hazing death needs to be a lesson to all

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Orientation for the University of Texas comes with parties for inexperienced 18 year olds. Many of these students are looking to enter Greek life in the fall and these potential new members are thrown into alcohol based activities and a higher chance of becoming dangerously intoxicated. This is when it becomes vital for university members to know the laws that surround underage consumption and amnesty, reports the UT Daily Texan. Continue reading

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Underage drinking a “huge problem” in downtown, say Austin police; now cops are investigating if 20-year-old murder suspect may have been served alcohol on 4th Street

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Bryan Canchola is already in a lot of trouble. The 20 year old is accused of murdering his teenage boyfriend — Stephen Sylvester — after a night out on the town. “Obviously there was a homicide and it could’ve involved drinking at this time we’re waiting on the findings of APD to determine if an investigation into any establishments downtown are warranted,” said Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission spokesman Chris Porter.

Shortly before the deadly altercation, murder suspect Brian Canchola, 20, said he and his roommate, 18-year old Stephen Sylvester had been out on 4th Street in downtown Austin drinking all night. Now Austin Police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents are investigating if underage drinking may have played a role in the incident. Austin Police say they have underage drinking is a “huge problem” downtown. Continue reading

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72 fake IDs found, minors ticketed as undercover Austin Police checking for fake IDs in downtown Austin

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An undercover sting involving APD and the TABC in downtown Austin ended with approximately 72 people cited on Thursday night alone. Officers stand next to bouncers to check IDs that appear to be false. The officer will then identify himself if the ID is fake, and ask the person how old they are. If someone admits they are underage, they are escorted to a central citation area off Sixth Street and receive a Class C Misdemeanor ticket. If someone continues to lie about their age and the ID is proven to be false, officers can then issue a ticket for Failure to Identify, a Class B Misdemeanor. The overall goal is to keep roads safer and cut down on crime. Continue reading

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Student’s “Fake IDs” a problem for downtown Austin bars say police

Both the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Austin Police Department say that the use of fake identification by minors is rising in popularity. Students at The University of Texas at Austin claim to mainly use their cards to either purchase alcohol or gain entry into downtown clubs on Sixth Street,” says a November 12, 2014 article published in The Horn newspaper on the UT Campus. Continue reading

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UT gets it right on recent sexual assault by football players

August 5, 2014 – “At the University of Texas at Austin, we’re seeing a model for how college administrations should handle sexual assault cases: by supporting survivors from the very beginning,” says Julia Spann writing for The Texas Tribune.  “Head … Continue reading

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Students need to know how alcohol affects them, say UTPD spokesperson

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” … it is sad that one gets so intoxicated that they lose their friends and need assistance from strangers in getting home. If you are too intoxicated to stay with your friends or to make it home on your own, then how can you expect to make smart decisions or protect yourself?” says UTPD Officer W.R. Pieper. Continue reading

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UT’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon may be among fraternities to eliminate pledging

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One of the largest fraternities in the nation announced it would eliminate pledging. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has implemented a new program with the goal to improve the educational and leadership experience of its members. In 2006, Tyler Cross, a pledge at the UT chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, died from a fifth-floor fall at an off-campus dormitory. According to police investigators, Cross endured hazing that night and was forced to consume large amounts of alcohol. Continue reading

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UTPD officers take underage drinkers’ futures into account

As law enforcers on a college campus, University of Texas Police Dept. officers are highly aware of the impact alcohol charges can have on a student’s future — something the officers take into account when dealing with underage drinkers, according … Continue reading

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