Drinking related death causes STU to change annual party

Money raised used to fund barbecue and breakfast instead of alcohol


An annual party at St. Thomas University no longer includes alcohol, in response to the drinking related death of volleyball rookie Andrew Bartlett in October. Since 1988, students living in Harrington Hall would collect empty bottles throughout the year and use the money to purchase alcohol for a party held every April 6. However, after Bartlett’s death, which followed a volleyball party at the same residence, last fall, that tradition has changed. “We’re not providing alcohol to our residents because we care about their safety,” Bobby Gaudet, Harrington Hall student president, told CBC News. Instead, money collected from returning empty bottles was used for non-alcoholic events on Wednesday such as a breakfast and a barbecue.

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