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UND CRIME REPORT: ALCOHOL ARRESTS UP
The number of crimes
reported on UND's campus fell last year, but liquor law violations increased
sharply, according to UND Police Chief Duane Czapiewski.
1997 numbers have not been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, a look
at UND's 1997 campus crime report showed that there were 154 liquor law
violations on campus last year. In comparison, there were only 82 liquor
violations at UND in 1996 and 70 in 1995.
I am concerned about alcohol
use, Czapiewski said. Students are at an experimental age and people that age
are leaving home for the first time, trying to grow and establish their beliefs,
he said. Alcohol consumption
contributed to the death of a UND student in late 1996, the chief said. Francis
Delabreau, 26, vanished after attending a party during a blizzard in the early
hours of Nov. 17, 1996. Police determined that he died of cold exposure after
his body was found in a stranger's van Jan. 4, 1997.
Both before and after Delabreau's death, UND police and other university
departments worked to educate students about the effects of alcohol, Czapiewski
Studies for North Dakota
campuses show that alcohol use affects a student's grades and the dropout rate,
Czapiewski isn't surprised
by the statistics from last year. He isn't surprised by statistics from any year
back to 1983, when he started collecting them. One year our alcohol consumption may be a little higher, and
another year we may have more incidents (relating to) broken relationships, he
UND isn't alone in posting
an increased number of liquor law violations. At NDSU, liquor violations
slightly decreased in 1997, from 186 to 179. But between 1995 and 1996 the
number of violations more than doubled from 87.