Help is just a phone call away

Help is just a phone call away

by Sara Neppl

Although many Greek houses on Simpson’s campus may be dry, many of them understand that people will still drink outside the house.

In order to combat problems that may arise from this, such as drunk driving, some houses have created volunteer programs to ensure the safety of the members of their houses.

Supporting Our Sisters, a program in position at Alpha Chi Omega, has volunteers from the house available all night on the weekends. The idea behind this is to have people on call in case another sister has a problem.

“It’s for any kind of emergency, not just alcohol,” said Jen Merryman, president of Alpha Chi Omega.

Kappa Theta Psi has a similar program in place. The program, called the Silver Brother program, involves at least one brother a weekend staying sober.

“We’re trying to get a pager for the dry brother,” said Todd Parson, Kappa Theta Psi President.

Other Greek houses, while they may not have a specific program in place, believe that there are enough sober people in the house at any given time who could provide a safe ride home.

“We feel we have enough people here that we don’t need a specific program,” said Angela Ryan, the Risk Management Chair for Delta Delta Delta. “If there became a need we would probably put one in place.”

Sigma Alpha Epsilon also has a risk management officer that takes care of issues involving drinking and drunk driving. “We take alcohol and driving very seriously,” said Nate Boulton, president of SAE.

While Lambda Chi Alpha does not have a particular program, they do have something called the Silver Monitor List, which consists of brothers who volunteer to stay sober and keep an eye on things during parties in the house. This program keeps at least one sober brother on each floor of the house.

“In the future, a program like that is something we could strive for,” said Lambda’s president Jeff Caskey.

Dry houses also have ways they enforce the no-alcohol rule within the house. Many of them have peer boards in place, often called “standards boards,” that a student in violation of the rules must go before. These boards decide the punishment for violators. “If it happens too many times, your membership could be in jeopardy,” said Merryman. “But we’ve never really had a problem with it.”