Global News Blog: Teenage Drinking ‘Epidemic’ in Israel

November 17, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Ally Owens

Over the years, the increase of teenage drinking across America has become a major topic of discussion. But while it is heavily publicized in the U.S., it seems teenagers in other countries are having the same problem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a recent government meeting that teenage drinking in Israel is “on the verge of becoming an epidemic.” Netanyahu mentioned a 15 percent increase in alcohol consumption over the past three years, as well as a report that one third of teens between 12 to 18 years of age reported getting drunk. Perhaps the most telling figure was that 20% of boys in the sixth grade reported having drunk an alcoholic beverage once a week.

Although these figures sound extreme, they probably aren’t that far off from teens in America. Which begs the question: What are Americans and Israelis going to do to help the problem?

Netanyahu proposed a plan to combat teenage drinking in three ways. First, create legislation to limit the selling of alcohol to minors and harsher punishment for breaking the law. Second, crack down on enforcement in clubs and bars, and third, create an atmosphere that opposes the consumption of alcohol.

With all these measures, hopefully Israel can make a dent in the staggering numbers of teenage drinkers. Maybe the U.S. can follow suit and take action to bring their numbers down, too.

Police Blotter: Pre-Turkey Trouble

November 21, 2008 by · Comments Off 

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, some are working up quite the appetite with their wrongdoings.

Fall 2008′s underage drinking citation tally sits at 155.

On Nov. 16 at 2:58 a.m., a non-affiliated man reported he was approached from behind by three males in the Knox/Henderson area. He said they struck him on the back of his head with a pistol. He said they blindfolded him and threw him in the back of his own vehicle. He said they drove him around to several bank locations and made him withdraw money. He said they drove him to the 3000 block of SMU Blvd., kicked him out the vehicle and drove away. Dallas Police are currently investigating this case.

Fraternities have seen a spike in “criminal mischief.” Five such reports have been filed over the past week at houses including Sigma Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Sigma.

And on Nov. 15, both the Pi Kappa Alpha and Figi fraternities were slapped with referrals to the Student Conduct Officer for causing damage to each others houses.

Check back after the break to see reports from over the holiday.

Compiled by Caitlin Myers

Police Blotter: Homecoming Edition

November 12, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Behind the Boulevard’s floats, free food and fun, it was business as usual for police.

Homecoming weekend ushered in nine underage drinking citations. Fall 2008′s tally is now 144.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon house saw some action on Saturday. At 12:57 a.m., a window was found shattered.

Two hours later, the University Park Fire Department was called to the house when someone sprayed water on the smoke detector, shorting it out and activating the alarm. Several students were referred to the Student Conduct Officer for not evacuting during a fire alarm.

Stolen items of the weekend: soda and lingerie

On Sunday, Nov. 9, a male Aramark staff member reported a six-pack of Mr. Pibbs soda and a Victoria’s Secret nightgown stolen from his vehicle at the loading dock at 6000 Ownby (behind McElvaney Hall) at 11:36 p.m. The case is still under investigation.

Compiled by Caitlin Myers

Police Blotter: Halloween Brings Ghoulish Behavior

November 6, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Throughout October, perhaps it was Halloween that had some students in a mischievous mood.

In particular, parking garages experienced a spike in wrongdoings:

On Oct. 13, a student was busted for stealing some orange traffic cones from the Binkley garage at 10:16 p.m.

That Saturday, Oct. 18, one minor was caught drinking and urinating in Binkley at 2:03 a.m.

Five hours later in the same garage, police snagged one student for drug paraphernalia and another for underage drinking.

On Oct. 28, a portable GPS navigation device and radar detector were reported stolen from a student’s vehicle in Dedman 3 Parking Lot at 12:52 a.m.

Stolen Item of the Week: a Greek paddle. On Oct. 28, one was reported stolen at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house at 1:59 p.m. This case is still open.

Halloween weekend warranted 11 underage drinking citations.

That brings Fall 2008′s tally to 130.

Compiled by Caitlin Myers