IFC forming drinking plan

By Paul Wagner and Daron Walker

Deputy City Clerk Donna Johnson said DeKalb allows an organization to purchase three class “G” licenses per year at a total cost of $50. Before being eligible to purchase the one-day license, the organization must purchase liquor liability insurance, she said.

There have been no class “G” licenses sold to fraternities this semester. According to city hall records, the last license sold to a fraternity was to Tau Kappa Epsilon on April 24, 1987.

“The insurance for fraternities is outrageous. We’re a high risk group,” Cufaude said. The cheapest rate is $700 per day, he said. Most greek functions do not require licenses because they are open to greeks only, he said.

The IFC has not made definite decisions on a policy, Cufaude said. One possible policy would be to serve alcohol at greek functions only during specified times, he said.

Another policy the IFC is looking into is a wider variety of food and non-alcoholic beverages, Cufaude said. An attractive alternative to alcoholic beverages might reduce pressure on individuals to drink, he said.

InterFraternity Council President Tom Zur said non-alcoholic drinks might be soda or mix-drinks without alcohol. He said sororities might provide food such as cheese and crackers for parties.

Sororities would supply food or non-alcoholic beverages because all sorority nationals ban alcohol in their houses, Cufuade said. They would be permitted to contribute money to food, but not alcohol, he said.

The IFC also will look into requiring a certain number of sober “party monitors,” Cufaude said. Most fraternities already have designated sober monitors, he said.

The IFC is bringing their ideas for guidelines to representatives of each fraternity, Zur said. The guidelines should be in place at the beginning of next semester, he said.

Cufaude said, “The greeks felt it would be better to develop some guidelines of their own.”

Tomorrow: DeKalb officials comment on the situation.