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UI's Mason Speaks Out On "Drunk" Student

IOWA CITY (CBS 2/FOX 28) - University of Iowa President Sally Mason is speaking out on "risky behavior" by students in the wake of a highly publicized public intoxication arrest of one student Saturday.

22-year-old Samantha Lynn Goudie has been making headlines around the world after being arrested while trying to jump onto the field of the Northern Illinois - Iowa game Saturday.

In a state where the legal driving limit for alcohol is .08, Goudie blew a .341, more than for times the legal limit, when she was booked into the Johnson County Jail (see photo above).

It was Goudie's Twitter posts under the handle @vodka_samm, however, that caught world attention. She tweeted "just went to jail.#yolo" from a holding cell and then "Blew a .341 in jail" and later tweeted "I'm going to get .341 tattooed on me because it is so epic."

The story caught the attention of on-line news services and newspapers from Iowa to the New York Post to the Daily Mail of London and News.com in Australia.

University officials, already frustrated with the "#1 Party School" designation by the Princeton Review a few weeks before school began,  are now battling headlines like "World's drunkest uni student blows .341" and "University of Iowa student Student Blows .341 BAC".

"While this incident does not reflect the vast majority of our students," says Mason in  a statement released to CBS 2/FOX 28, "we are always concerned anytime students engage in risky behavior."

Mason then noted a series of studies, including one by the Partnership for Alocohol Safety and the National College Health Assessment (2013) which show drinking at the university has been declining.

Noted Mason, "Since 2009...the average number of drinks consumed per drinking occasion is down 20 percent.." She also noted that students engaged in high risk drinking prior to the surveys being done was down 17 percent, to it's lowest level in 20 years.

Still, she says, "Although we have made progress over the past several yars in reducing problem drinking on campus, we still have work to do in order to reach our goals."

Despite several attempts, Goudie did not respond to CBS 2/FOX 28's request for an interview. 

 
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