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Iowa president Sally Mason on .341 woman arrested at game: ‘That’s not who we are’

[ 0 ] September 6, 2013 |

University of Iowa president Sally Mason said today that the woman who attracted national headlines for registering a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit to drive after an arrest at a campus football game caused her frustration and concern.

Samantha Lynne Goudie, 22, registered a blood-alcohol content of .341 and was arrested for public intoxication Saturday at Kinnick Stadium before Iowa’s 30-27 loss to Northern Illinois.

The Twitter account linked to Goudie — @Vodka_samm — led to the nickname Vodka Sam in national coverage that included the New York Post labeling her “The World’s Drunkest College Student.” The popular website Deadspin reveled in Goudie, well, reveling about the revelry on Twitter.

“It’s sad that one student and one student’s behavior shapes the image of 30,000 other students,” Mason said in a telephone interview with the Des Moines Register. “I feel very, very concerned about the young student that had that level of alcohol in her blood. I’m very concerned for her health, safety and well-being.

“There’s no doubt that there’s a problem there.”

Goudie was arrested, according to police, after attempting to gain access to the field about an hour before kickoff.

Iowa has worked to fight its reputation related to problem drinking, but was named the nation’s “No. 1 Party School” last month by The Princeton Review.

 “That’s not who we are,” Mason said.

Mason promised to push for students to help spread a different message about Iowa.

“The vast majority of our students have expressed concerns to me about the reputational damage that one student can do to all of them,” she said. “We work with those students to help them understand it’s important that they get the message back to their peers, who may think it’s amusing, or may think that it’s OK to engage in these kinds of risky behaviors and attract national attention to the University of Iowa.

“That’s simply not what we’re about.”

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