College plans to limit funds for Green Team
By Matthew Mc Nierney, The Dartmouth Staff
Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Starting Tuesday, the College will no longer provide funding for Green Team sober monitors or “party packs” — consisting of water and bread sticks — at events that are not registered with the College, according Justin Anderson, Director of Media Relations for the College.
Anderson said the new policy was enacted in order to reduce “confusion among students” about the College’s policy on Green Team and unregistered events.
The new policy is an “unfortunate” departure from previous College policy, under which the College provided funding in a lump sum based on Green Team’s cost estimates, regardless of whether events monitored by Green Team were registered, former Green Team co-chair Charlotte Cipparone ’12 said.
Green Team, a student-run organization founded in February 2011, provides sober monitors at campus parties to combat high-risk drinking, as well as food and water to help mitigate the effects of heavy drinking.
The College cannot adequately reduce harm at events that are not registered, Anderson said.
“We can only put forth our best effort in harm reduction for drinking and sexual assault when we know that there is an event,” he said. “It gives us more information to potentially use to try to make student life as safe as possible.”
Because Green Team is a student-run organization, the new policy does not affect what events the group is allowed to monitor and cannot prevent organizations from requesting Green Team monitors, for unregistered events at their own expense. The College will continue to provide funding for Green Team’s services at registered events, Anderson said.
“The College wants to help students who are playing by the rules and adhering to policy and procedure in their efforts to reduce harm,” he said.
In addition to the change in the Green Team funding policy, the College has made it easier for organizations to register events over the summer when many students are under the legal drinking age.
Although registering an event was “virtually impossible” last summer, organizations can now register events with a “limited” amount of alcohol proportional to the number of students above the age of 21 that are expected to attend the party, according to Anderson.
“During Summer term, when most of the students who are on campus are under 21, it’s unusual for there to be a party with enough students over the age of 21 to have a serious amount of alcohol,” he said.
The new policy will affect Green Team’s ability to manage risk at Dartmouth parties, according to Cipparone. Green Team depends on both the willingness of campus organizations to host them as well as the administration’s support, she said.
“It’s really unfortunate,” Cipparone said. “This is a big blow to Green Team.”
Removing funding from Green Team to monitor unregistered events may result in less effective harm reduction at the riskiest events, she said.
“We wanted to cover specifically unregistered events because they can be more dangerous,” Cipparone said. “As a harm reduction initiative, I’m surprised that the College would want to reduce its support to Green Team.”
Victor Hollenberg ’14, one of the summer executives for Green Team, and Sam Waltemeyer, coordinator of Greek Letter Organizations and Societies’ educational and leadership initiatives, declined to comment for this article.
Coordinator of the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program Brian Bowden and Green Team founder Jeffrey Millman Tu’12 could not be reached for comment by press time.