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    18— The Daily Collegian Monday, Oct. 27, 1986
Collegian Staff Writer
When the pledges of Zeta Tau Alpha
sorority went to a program on
Women and Alcohol last Thursday
night, many of them said they were
thinking about the happy hours
scheduled for later that evening.
But after attending the panel dis
cussion on women and alcohol, the
pledges said they thought before
they drank at the social event that
night. . ,
“The program was very informa
tive,” said Zeta Tau Alpha pledge
Suzanne Toczydlowski, (freshman-
Health, Physical Education and
Jill Goldman, the sorority’s presi
dent, said each sordrity member
must be educated in alcohol aware
ness. “We have a code of alcohol
standards,” Goldman said.
“Each semester, we usually have
an alcohol program in the suite, but
we brought the pledges here since a
panel is more adept at answering
questions,” Goldman said.
The program was presented as
part of National Collegiate Alcohol
Awareness Week by the Universi
ty’s Total Alcohol Awareness Pro
gram, The Center for Women
Future, reform of education debated at lUP
“We don’t need to look far to see the importance
of the education issue. Many of the governor races
hinge on education,” he said.
ered here on the campus of the Indiana University tion. ... , ..
of Pennsylvania last week for a symposium titled, “The business community is giving education
“American Dreams: The National Debate about reform its best shot and promises to turn its back
the Future of Education.” on public schools if reform does not occur, said
During the debates the role of the teacher at all Denis Doyle, director of Education Policy Studies
levels of education, values expressed in the curric- at the American Enterprise Institute for public
ulum, and whether teachers or the U.S. govern- policy studies in Washington, D.C.
njent should control what is taught in the three-day symposium included workshops,
classroom were discussed. films and a performance by the San Francisco
“Education is in the midst of a reform, often Mjme Troupe _ a political theater group con
referred to as the excellence reform,” said Ches- cerned w jth current issues,
ter Finn, assistant secretary Re- rs opposing views squared off
search and Improvement for the U.S. Department t /, o . and . a . ha lf-hour debates,
of Education.
Collegian Staff Writer
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dent Government Department of
Women’s Concerns, and the Office
of Health Promotion and Educa
tion. . _
Sabrina Chapman, coordinator of
the Center for Women Students,
opened the program with a dis
cussion on the status of women in
today’s society.
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“.. .Women may
turn to alcohol or
drugs since it’s
Sabrina Chapman,
coordinator Center for
Women Students
“Sexism is an institution," Chap
man said. “It is built into our sys
tem and rarely challenged,” she
“Because of high tension and
stress, women may turn to alcohol
or drugs since it’s culturally ap
proved. This is false advertising,”
said Chapman. "The use of alcohol
f^jQ e
complicates rather than simplifies
a woman’s problems.”
Women have different alcohol-re
lated problems than men have, said
Susan Kennedy, director of the Of
fice of Health Promotion and Edu
Kennedy also spoke on the effects
of alcohol in women.
“Don’t assume you can drink a
man under the table,” Kennedy
said, citing that women physically
process alcohol differently than
men of identical weight. In general,
it will take an hour for a 160-pound
man to process one drink, while a
woman of a similar weight will
process the same amount of alcohol
in about two hours, Kennedy said.
Women may also be affected by
alcohol prior to menstruation, while
taking oral contraceptives or while
under medication, Kennedy said.
These factors may increase the
effects of alcohol, she said.
“Watch how your body reacts to
alcohol and adjust your drinking
habits,” said Kennedy.
She added that alcohol will have a
greater effect if a woman is under
the circumstances of hunger, an
ger, loneliness or fatigue. Kennedy
told the mostly female audience to
“drink when you are relaxed, eat
protein foods while drinking alcohol
and pace yourself.”
Margret Shearon, coordinator for
Centre County Women’s Resource
Center told the audience that “alco
hol takes choices away.”
The influence of alcohol may in
crease the risk of sexual assault by'
impairing a woman’s ability to
sense danger, Shearon said.
Speaking on sexual assault, Shea
ron said one in four college women
are victims of rape. Contrary to
popular belief, Shearon said, the
rapist is not someone who is ugly or
cannnot get a date.
“Ninety percent of rapes com
mitted are by a man the woman
knows,” she said.
Dana Froke, co-chairman of USG
Department of Women’s Concerns
said researchers estimate alcohol is
involved in 60 to 80 percent of all
rapes. Froke cited information
from a pamphlet compiled by
TAAP, USG Department of Wom
en’s Concerns and the Center for
Women Students titled “Women
and Alcohol.”
Froke, who was the final panelist
to speak, said the University offers
few non-alcoholic alternatives.
“Penn State is a 100-proof com
munity.” Froke said.
This week, The Daily Collegian will
examine the issues discussed at
the symposium in a series of re
lated articles that will address the
following issues:
• The role of
education. .
• The role of government
• Experts’ beliefs about
future of education.
Psi approval
may depend
on timetable
ners to consume a glass of some sort
of beverage at each stop.
Council member Daniel Chaffee
Approval for the 1987 Phi Psi 500 said replacing Stroh’s Beer with Nike
may be contingent on a timetable to shoes as sponsor of the race last year
be set bv Phi Kappa Psi fraternity to was also a positive step.
remove drinking from the race. Dagen described the race as more
The move was suggested by State of a parade or a type of festival
College Municipal Council President He said all but 100 J of last year s
John Dombroski after council mem- participants entered in the Anything
bers expressed concern at a lunch- Goes” costume
time meeting Friday that the annual Council member James Bartoo
race with stops at six downtown said the race ought to include obsta
bars' is known primarily as a “beer cles, like a water hazard or climbing
. .’ „ area, and at least one stop where no
“If Ido not see some kind of decent alcoholic beverages are served,
timetable, my vote will be no,” said “Right now, the focus is on getting
Council Member Ruth Lavin. from one (bar) to another, Bartoo
“The focus of the race should be fun said. “As long as we don t address
for the whole community,” Lavin that,we’regoing to h^ v ®. a J°J™®
said. “The feedback I’ve gotten from perception out mere that it s one
the community is that it’s not fun if giant beer bust,
the emphasis is on alcohol.” “It would be symbolic to have a
Phi Kappa Psi member Todd Da- non-purveyor of beer as a stop,
gen, chairman of the fraternity’s Phi Bartoo said.
Psi 500 committee, said the fraternity Mary Ann Haas, another council
would be willing to discuss a timeta- member, said the community should
ble among fraternity members and allow the race,
with council. “This is a colle S e community,
“We didn’t feel it would work to do Haas said. “A certain level of toler
it all in one year,” Dagen said. “In ance goes with that. As the spring
the future, we’ll move toward it, but feat the Phi Psi is, it deserves a
we didn’t feel we’d get participants if measure of tolerance,
we iust cut (drinking) off in one Council member Dan Winand said
vear” the race should be “brought within
y Dagen said most of the Phi Psi the standards of the community.”
money earmarked for the Centre “We can’t reduce our standards
Community Hospital paramedic pro- and keep (State. < he c°mmu
gram comes from entry fees for mty people want, Winand said. The
runners and “Anything Goes” partic- race will have to have
ipants phased out in order to keep with the
The fraternity will also arrange to desires of the community.”
have low alcohol beer instead of regu- Local and nationwide standards
lar beer served to race participants have changed since the race began,
this vear as a means of curbing Winand said, adding that they have
drunkenness, Dagen said. Also, he been shifting away from accepting
said, participants who do not wish to alcohol use as attractive and desira
drink alcoholic beverages will be ble.” ,
permitted to drink soda at each stop. Winand said the group has already
The Phi Psi 500 rules require run- made a number of improvements.
Collegian Staff Writer