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October 12, 2009 Laura Marcinek Investigative Team Editor The Daily Tar Heel (860) 575-4088 laura.marcinek@gmail.com VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

Dear Laura: On behalf of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I write as a follow-up to the written request for public records received on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 (sent via electronic mail to Mike McFarland). The enclosed documentation is being provided to you in accordance with the North Carolina Public Records Act. You may reach me through the contact information provided above, should you wish to discuss your inquiry further or if you have any concerns. We appreciate your interest in Carolina. Warm regards,

Regina J. Stabile, J.D. Director, Institutional Records and Reporting Compliance

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-------- Original Message -------Subject:RE: [Fwd: Courtland Smith] Date:Fri, 28 Aug 2009 06:25:25 -0400 From:Davis, Nancy <Nancy@dev.unc.edu> To:Holden Thorp <Holden_Thorp@unc.edu> CC:Kirby, Brenda <Brenda_Kirby@unc.edu> References:<A776BAA075F645118895FA02A37F3807@depts.unc.edu>

Yes. I’ll send you a couple of emails with our background.   From: Holden Thorp [mailto:Holden_Thorp@unc.edu] Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 8:48 PM To: Davis, Nancy Subject: FW: [Fwd: Courtland Smith]

See below. Are we aware of "fan cans"? H

-------- Original Message -------Subject:Courtland Smith Date:Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:21:49 -0400 (EDT) From:Ron Bogle <robojudge@earthlink.net> Reply-To:Ron Bogle <robojudge@earthlink.net> To:holden_thorp@unc.edu


Dear Holden, The tragic death of Courtland Smith has greeted the start of a new academic year at the University of North Carolina. While details surrounding his death continue to emerge, it seems certain that alcohol was a contributing factor in the sad circumstances surrounding the loss of life of this "all-American kid." Not a moment to criticize the reputation of Delta Kappa Epsilon for excessive drinking, it is a moment symbolic of a much greater problem occuring on most collegiate campuses. As undergraduate alcohol-related deaths continue to rise, most administrations are struggling with efforts to forge an effective response. At some point, administrators must rise up in opposition to loss of another young life to alcohol - enough is enough. How many more will it take? A NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education study recently found that college freshmen spend more time drinking than studying. A similar study at UCLA arrived at the same conclusion. With this as a backdrop, it helps explain how the National Institutes of Health now finds that a majority of the nation's alcoholics are young people, age 26 or less. Meanwhile, a Columbia University study finds that alcohol consumption among teens is increasing in intensity and frequency. Without strong response, worse days seem likely. But the problem of destructive drinking among the underage 18 to 20 year-old population appears to be primarily a problem of the collegiate environment a problem associated with our "best and brightest." Meanwhile, non-students in this this age population tend not to drink in the same destructive manner. Excessive drinking, though long associated with collegiate years, is inconsistent with the mission of our system of education. I urge you to seize this moment to enact meaningful changes regarding alcohol use by undergraduates before another life is lost, either by death or the long-term struggle of alcoholism or alcohol dependence. I urge you to offer a forceful and public university response to Courtland's death, requiring systematic changes to deal with the well-known campus drinking reputation. As a place to start, I urge you to join other adminstrators around the country in forcefully opposing Anheuser Busch in its latest promotion, designing so-called "fan cans" with university colors to open a new football season. Placing profit ahead of public health, this promotion, particularly in university communities, clearly targets teens. Many administrators are publicly demanding the removal of their colors (infringement issues aside) from these cans of Bud Light and the end of this youth-targeted promotion. Anheuser Busch has responded positively to those university communities expressing public opposition. I urge you to take a public stand. It's time to stop talking - it's time to take action. It's time to forge a strong community consensus in Chapel Hill about collegiate drinking. With best personal wishes, Ron Bogle


Ronald E. Bogle Superior Court Judge (Retired) Community Strategies Group, LLC 154 Lake Ellen Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919) 931-0164

-Holden Thorp, Chancellor The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 103 South Building CB#9100 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9100 Office (919) 962-1365 Fax (919( 962-1647


-------- Original Message -------Subject:Courtland Smith Date:Mon, 31 Aug 2009 11:10:41 -0400 (EDT) From:Ron Bogle <robojudge@earthlink.net> Reply-To:Ron Bogle <robojudge@earthlink.net> To:holden_thorp@unc.edu Holden, I read about your interview with Dan Way, and I appreciate your quick action. If either I or the Coalition for Alcohol and Drug Free Teenagers can do anything to support your efforts, I hope that you will consider us as a resource available to you. By the way, I've attached my weekly Power Points column that will run in Friday's Chapel Hill Herald. I've chosen to write about Courtland Smith, and to advance the notion of a community and university collaboration to address the culture of abusive drinking. Ron Ronald E. Bogle Superior Court Judge (Retired) Community Strategies Group, LLC 154 Lake Ellen Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919) 931-0164

-Holden Thorp, Chancellor The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 103 South Building CB#9100 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9100 Office (919) 962-1365 Fax (919( 962-1647

 


I've been thinking about former UNC junior, Courtland Smith. I didn't know him before his tragic death, but after reading comments from those who did, I'm sure I would have liked him. Described as "an all-American kid," he seemed bright and accomplished, aspiring to a medical career. A leader, he was president of his fraternity, and judged by others to be a great and caring friend. He died without any friends nearby. His fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, has a hard-partying reputation, but so do others on the UNC campus. Just hours before his death, Smith attended one final party at his fraternity house. The details of his last moments of life are still under investigation, but I'm left to wonder, what will we learn, if anything, from this senseless death? One fact has clearly emerged whatever happened during the early morning hours that took Smith from the DKE house to the spot of his death more than 60 miles away, alcohol was a contributing factor. Some defend excessive youthful drinking as a "rite of passage," as if use of alcohol is something magical or defining about adult life. The only beneficiary of this enabling and fantastic thinking is the alcohol industry. Plainly stated, alcohol is an addictive drug, and is the nation's greatest drug problem. On a broader scale, alcohol misuse is the third-leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Research concludes, without drastic change, that an many as 300,000 of today's collegians will die of alcohol-related causes. The death of Courtland Smith doesn't just affect him. There will be consequences for other students, faculty and the university community as a whole. UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp, already concerned about the problem of student abusive drinking, has acted swiftly and boldly to confront this issue. I am grateful for his excellent leadership. Alcohol abuse is a campus problem of long-standing. While significant progress has been made in reducing abusive drinking among age contemporary non-students, destructive drinking among collegians is headed in the opposite direction. Researchers conclude that this pattern of unhealthy and risky drinking is uniquely a problem of collegiate culture. Binge drinking among collegians, according to the National Institutes of Health, has increased to 45% of college drinkers. At the same time, campus alcohol-related deaths have increased steadily, now reaching their highest level. With underage drinking increasing in frequency and intensity, studies find college freshmen now spend more time drinking than studying.


We will never know what Courtland Smith would have become, the lives he may have touched in a powerful way. But how many more Courtland Smith's will it take before we have finally had enough of youthful abuse of alcohol on our campuses? It's time to stop talking - it's time to start acting. Maybe that will be how we can best remember the brief life of Courtland Smith - his death became a catalyst for a university and community collaboration to end the culture of excessive youthful drinking that exists in Chapel Hill. What a fine and lasting tribute to a young life well-lived.



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