A kinder, gentler Sex Power God at Brown

Two years after the annual bash on College Hill brought down the wrath of Bill O'Reilly, only five people needed EMS services -- a slim number in the legacy of the libidinous event at Brown. The BDH reports:

Security at this year's Sex Power God was so strict that God himself - in fact Ben Struhl '09 dressed in a sheet and a long white beard - was denied entry for not having valid identification.

Struhl said he snuck into the Queer Alliance party for the past two years "to make fun of people," but this year he was turned away. "People take SPG way too seriously. It's just a party, you know?" he said. "Why do people make such a big deal of it?"

But the increased security and safety measures, first introduced last year in response to the raucous 2005 dance, seemed to be a success. Only five students across campus required Emergency Medical Services attention Saturday night, said Margaret Klawunn, associate vice president for campus life and dean of student life. That number is down from 14 last year and 24 in 2005.

"We received compliments from EMS saying that Sex Power God went better than they'd ever seen it," said event co-coordinator Katie Lamb '10.

The coordinators attributed the dance's success to their experience with previous dances. At Sex Power God in 2005, two dozen students received emergency medical attention, and a producer from Fox News's "The O'Reilly Factor" who attended the event later aired footage from the dance on national television. New safety and security measures were enacted for last year's dance and continued this year.

These measures included an EMS room to quickly assist intoxicated students and the hiring of an outside security firm, Green Horn Management, to guard the entrances.

The party was well-received by students waiting in line to get in, many of whom said Sex Power God is an attractive event because of its reputation.

"It's one of those emblematic Brown things," said Andrew Ahn '08. "I'm going to go in, hang out for five minutes, then go."

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