A comprehensive effort to address excessive, high-risk drinking at Colby is underway following a Board of Trustees resolution that put an end to the seniors’ last-day-of-classes champagne steps celebration.
President William D. Adams notified the community in July of the resolution, which established two working groups—the first to recommend measures to manage the elimination of the champagne steps event, the second to propose ways for the College to address the systemic abuse of alcohol in student social life that is a problem on campuses across the country.
Students, faculty, and administrators are represented on both panels; the second group also includes trustees, alumni, and parents of current students. Both groups began deliberations in September, and the annual State of the College address Sept. 10 included discussion of the initiatives by Adams, Board of Trustees Chair Joseph F. Boulos ’68, and Student Government Association leaders.
The termination of the champagne steps event came after last year’s edition saw many students hospitalized and damage to property on campus. At the September address, James Terhune, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, urged students to join in the process of developing an alternative to the risky and destructive behavior of the past.
“We’re not coming at this with a pre-set idea of where this is going to go,” Terhune told students. “We want you to be a part of this. It’s the only way this is going to work.”