Green Team members monitor campus party
By Diana Ming
Published on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Members of Green Team, a student-run bystander intervention program aimed to reduce alcohol harm on campus, monitored their first event on Friday at Epsilon Kappa Theta sorority, according to Cyrus Akrami ’11, co-chair of the Student Assembly Alcohol Crime and Reduction Committee. Theta requested Green Team’s services for Thetaroo, a concert open to campus that the sorority hosts every term, Theta president Emily Carian ’11 said in an e-mail to The Dartmouth.
Green Team members intervened in “several situations that, without [Green Team], could have resulted in student hospitalizations,” Akrami said.
Carian said Theta would “definitely” request Green Team’s services again in the future.
Four anonymous members of Green Team worked at Thetaroo, Green Team committee member Jeff Millman Tu’12 said.
Thetaroo was a Tier 3 event — a Social Event Management Procedure designation that describes open events that are registered with the College and with more than 150 attendees.
The Green Team committee decided to begin operations after Winter Carnival because organizers believed it would be a “calm and more manageable” time to introduce the initiative, Akrami said.
“Overall, I was really happy with it being our first night and it went quite well,” Millman said. “Everyone seemed to understand the concepts from the training.”
Selected Green Team members arrived at Theta at approximately 10:30 p.m. and monitored the party until 2 a.m., Akrami said.
Green Team members met with Theta’s risk managers before the party opened to campus, and the risk managers recommended that Green Team members monitor the living room and basement, Carian said.
Green Team members were responsible for checking student identification, assisting students in need and addressing potential issues before they developed, Akrami said.
They distributed water bottles and bread sticks to students from a “party pack” provided by the Greek Leadership Council, according to Green Team committee member Charlotte Cipparone ’12.
“Green Team members are essentially extra eyes and ears for the party,” Millman said. “Their job for [that] evening was to be there, be social and be helpful.”
Cipparone said the first night of Green Team operations was successful.
“There were no major issues,” Cipparone said. “Green Team members were able to step in on several incidents that night.”
Following the event, Millman and Green Team members at the party compiled a report about Green Team’s coverage. The Green Team committee will review the report in order to improve program logistics, Akrami said.
“We’re going to discuss implementing rotation schedules [for members], such as possibly having one person monitor an area every 15 minutes instead of two members every 30 minutes,” Millman said.
Green Team members currently work in pairs, and every Green Team event includes a minimum of two pairs of members, according to Cipparone.
“We’ve identified some things we can work on, such as the way Green Team members communicate,” she said.
While Cipparone said Green Team is now “fully operational,” the Green Team committee hopes to expand the number of teams working at different events, Millman said.
Beyond expanding the program’s outreach, Akrami said he plans to continue to research the effectiveness of Green Team.
“Before we make any drastic changes, we will compile and analyze data,” Akrami said.
Green Team will likely offer another training session for interested students early in the Spring term, according to Akrami.
Green Team held its first training session, which approximately 80 students attended, on Feb. 15, The Dartmouth previously reported.
“There’s certainly a demand for help and we have the supply,” Akrami said. “[Our first night] went better than expected so I’m really excited.”
Former Dartmouth Emergency Medical Services director Jeff Spielberg ’10 and Safety and Security officer Rebel Roberts led the first session.
Millman — who attended the event in order to oversee the first night of Green Team’s operations — created the Quaker Bouncer program, the model for Green Team, while he was an undergraduate at Haverford College.