Collegiate Substance Abuse Presentation, Roundtable Discussions, SOF Deadline Next Week

MILWAUKEE – Oct. 6, 2011 –Assistant District Attorney Chris Ladwig, and Assistant Dean of Students Erin Lazzar, presented at the MUSG Senate meeting Thursday night, on the recent increase in substance abuse at Marquette University. Marquette has been actively collaborating with the District Attorney’s Office on the prevention of collegiate substance abuse.

District Attorney Ladwig shared information about the range of fines for different drinking violations. If students are caught under-age drinking, then fines can range from $185 – 690.  If students purchase alcohol for minors they can be fined between $370 -1,000. Also, a house party that creates any disturbance for the community can be cited for $360 – 3,000.  Milwaukee Police Department reported most off-campus housing landlords have the right to evict tenants for hosting out of control house parties.

D.A Ladwig also mentioned that within the last few years two Marquette students have been charged with DWI citations, and are now facing time behind bars. D.A. Ladwig explained fines are significantly high if an individual is found operating a vehicle while intoxicated. For the first three demeanors an individual can face up to 12 months in jail and a fine of $10,000. Four or more demeanors can lead to prison and $100,000 of fines. Ladwig also informed that an OWI could cause other consequences such as: license suspension, an insurance rate increase and possibly unemployment.

Assistant Dean of Students Erin Lazzar talked about the issue of pre-gaming and how it affects the Marquette campus.  Lazzar wants to see a campus-wide cultural shift toward drinking in moderation and education about avoiding the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Lazzar reported that, according to data results from AlcholEdu, “over 85% of students on campus are drinkers.”  AlcoholEdu data results also show that four weeks into the school year the 12% of non-drinkers report to drinking after being in college and 57.3% of students claimed to binge drinking. This year, about 30 students have been transported to the hospital for substance abuse related reasons, which is almost twice the amount of last year at this time.

Marquette University Center for Health Education and Promotion has free resources for students with substance abuse problems. For more information about programs and statistics involving alcohol assistance and prevention visit


MUSG President Joseph Ciccone described MUSG’s new initiative to improve collaboration with other student organizations through a series of roundtable conversations discussing race, sexual orientation, and other pressing topics. The dates of the roundtable conversations are as follows: Oct. 25, Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 at 7:30 in the Multicultural Center on the first floor of the AMU.


Senator Ford reported a new nursing curriculum was approved. Senator Hardaway reported on the approval for Dance Marathon to take place this coming spring. The last SOF deadline of the semester is next Friday, October 14 at 5 p.m.


Green Week kicks off next week from Oct. 10-14 with several activities planned every day, promoting eco-friendly living and environmental awareness. MUSG will be hosting the first Father Pilarz Forum October 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the AMU.


For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133.

The Marquette University Student Government was developed in 1882 as the governing body of the Marquette community. Its goal is to identify, understand, actively address and represent students’ needs, concerns, and interests through acts of leadership and service which reflect Catholic, Jesuit ideals and contribute to the betterment of the Marquette University community.



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