Fraternities on the University of Mississippi campus may have new rules to follow next year. The university is taking precautions by creating new rules to keep students safe during fraternity events.
Senior Andy Linder is a security guard for the fraternities on weekends and works with the University Police Department to implement new ideas.
Linder said the University Police Department is trying to enforce a few ideas for the next fall semester.
“The most important situation is underage drinking,” he said, “so there will be someone at the door at all times taking identification of age and marking the minors with a marker on their hand. There will also be a maximum number of students who can enter the house at a time, and that number will not change.”
The University Police Department and the fraternities are working together to help make the University of Mississippi a safer campus. UM is a top ranked school in the Southeastern Conference, not only for its beautiful campus, but for its party scene.
“I see a lot of safety issues that can be fixed,” he said, “so I try to go back to the University Police Department to give my opinions on how it can be fixed from a student’s point of view. I still want everyone to have fun, but to be safe in the process.”
The most popular attractions are fraternity parties attended by many young, female students who cannot get into bars on the Square.
UM students, sophomore Miranda Bowling and freshman Allison Gallagher, attend fraternity parties.
“I love going on the weekends with my friends because they always have great entertainment and it’s free,” Bowling said.
“It is so easy to walk to Fraternity Row, since I live on campus, rather than trying to find a ride to the bars,” Gallagher said. “It is also such a fun way to meet new people.”
“I always feel like it is such a long line to get in, and when you finally do get in, it is so crowded that you can’t even walk around,” she said.