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Underage Drinking Issue Resurfaces at UNC

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CHAPEL HILL — The men's soccer team at the University of North Carolina has been put on athletic probation for the rest of the 1996 season in response to a weekend part in Carrboro that ended with a freshman player in the hospital.

The team has also been ordered to perform community service and cancel a trip to Las Vegas for a tournament that was scheduled for this weekend. The team may have to forfeit those games.

UNC Chancellor Michael Hooker together with Athletics Director John Swofford and soccer coach Elmar Bolowich to denounce the actions of students who participated in what police say was an initiation ceremony.

Underage drinking is an issue that repeatedly arises at area colleges, and Hooker commented that such behavior was "unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Carolina".

Gregory Danielson, 18, a member of UNC's soccer team, reportedly says he was at a party where he continued to consume alcohol long after he knew he was inebriated. Police say he consumed large amounts of alcohol during a men's soccer initiation. He was taken by ambulance to UNC Hospitals after he passed out.

A woman who attended the party, and who has asked that her identity not be revealed, says she doesn't know about initiation, but she did see a lot of drinking.

In a statement sent to the WRAL-TV5 Newsroom, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Michael hooker says he's deeply disturbed by this most recent event. He says the action is clearly unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Carolina. Hooker says he pledges to work eve harder to aggressively address the issue of alcohol, both through on-campus groups and the substance abuse task force

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