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Current and former ASU students address alcohol-related violence

TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

Thousands of current and former Arizona State University students attended the Sun Devils' first football game of the season Thursday night.

Some of them spoke out about recent alcohol-related violence involving fraternity members.

All agreed, unfortunately, it reflects negatively on ASU.

But, they also said those actions don't represent the university as a whole – or Greek life, for that matter.

"They're going to drink in college," said ASU senior Alex Hoeck about students in general. "It's going to happen."

But it's when students drink underage, or take their consumption too far, that they run into trouble.

"For the most part, these are good kids," said Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley. "The kids are just out trying to have a good time. But once they get this alcohol in their system, they don't understand the true effects of it. It makes them do things they wouldn't ordinarily do."

In some cases, drinking leads to violence, as we saw this week with the brutal beating of an ASU student in his apartment complex.

Tempe police said the attackers are fellow students belonging to another fraternity.

"Makes a terrible image for ASU, and those fraternities that did it (were involved)," said Hoeck. "I think those involved should have some repercussions."

This week Tempe police also released the results of a recent task force targeting underage drinkers within two miles of ASU.

Officers arrested more than 13,000 people for various crimes.

More than 500 were drinking underage.

Police don't know how many of those are students.

"We want them to come to school here," said Pooley. "We want them to get a very good education. We want them to enjoy themselves. But, the thing that we stress is - they need to act responsibly."

One former ASU student told CBS 5 News fraternities should be held more accountable for what goes on at their off-campus parties.

"You can't, unfortunately, stop everything," said ASU alumnus Scott Cook. "But better regulations and rules and approval guidelines for the fraternities – I think would help."

But, some students said, not so fast: It's unfair to single out Greek life.

"If you focus on other parties outside of Greek life, there are a lot of things that go on that aren't highlighted," said ASU senior Katie Buchanan. "It's way worse outside of that, too."

Tempe police will have their "Party Patrol" out every Thursday through Saturday nights during the school year.

These extra officers will be on the lookout for underage drinkers and partiers who get out of control.

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