KU Students Host Alcohol Awareness Event and Memorial

On Friday night, hundreds of Kansas University students gathered for an alcohol-awareness event and memorial called the Jason Wren Initiative. The event was organized by the University chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and was designed to give students an open forum to discuss the problems associated with toxic drinking on campus and in Lawrence.

Last spring, Jason Wren and Dalton Hawkins – two KU students – passed away in separate alcohol-related incidents.

SAE President Matt Abraham told the University Daily Kansan, “After Jason’s death, it hit the KU community pretty hard that there is a cultural drinking problem at KU. We want to shed light on it and hopefully be able to prevent something like that from happening again.”

2 Responses to “KU Students Host Alcohol Awareness Event and Memorial”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. It’s unfortunate that two young men died because they abused alcohol which is why everyone, in this case university students, should know that drinking alcohol responsibly is always better than binge drinking. It’s good that the Jason Wren Initiative was held to discuss the unfortunate culture of alcohol abuse at KU. Matt Abraham is correct in that the culture of alcohol abuse over there must change so that there can more responsibility.

  2. KWren Says:

    Unbelievable! Funny how Mr. Abraham talks about how they only realized that they had a drinking problem after my brother death! The only thing we had asked as a family to SAE, was that they make the fraternity dry and they refused! Not only that, but in March several days after Jason died SAE held a memorial service in his honor and my families. Only right after the service was said and done, did the ‘boys” go out for a DRINK! Please do not believe anything the SAE fraternity says and only know that they don’t have any respect for my brother or his family! Lower the drinking age, No! Stop allowing underage kids living with those who have access to alcohol, YES. Plus, it would have been nice to know about this event. Thanks SAE once again!