Stanford Student Leaders Cancel Thursday Bar Outings

Senior Nights have been blamed for at least seven alcohol-related hospitalizations this quarter.

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Student leaders at Stanford have indefinitely canceled "Senior Nights," the Thursday night bar outings that have recently been blamed for multiple hospitalizations and vomiting incidents on buses, the Stanford Daily reports.

According to one senior class president, the total cost of bus cleanup has exceeded the cost of one event, while officials report that at least seven people have been hospitalized with alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related injuries. After one recent outing, a student leader sent an E-mail admonishing seniors for "six incidents ranging from the benign—one classmate decided to take off her top and roll around on the ground in her bra—to the downright dangerous, which included a hospitalization."

Senior Nights have been a tradition for more than a decade now but have only become problematic in the past several years. A spike in similar misconduct occurred for the class of 2007, and the year afterward, seniors were required to sign a waiver to participate. Organizers also increased security on buses and bars.

The measures seemed to help for the class of 2008, but this year's festivities have seen a re-emergence of misbehavior. Now, class leaders are debating whether to cancel the event for the next quarter.