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Responsible drinking 101: KU students creating campaign against high-risk behavior

Kansas University students participate in a beer drinking game in March 2010 outside a student rental house just off campus.

Kansas University students participate in a beer drinking game in March 2010 outside a student rental house just off campus.

March 29, 2010

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As part of the new KU campaign to encourage responsible use of alcohol, students will study the Lawrence community to identify how best to get a safe drinking message across here.

As part of the new KU campaign to encourage responsible use of alcohol, students will study the Lawrence community to identify how best to get a safe drinking message across here.

KU students studying alcohol habits

KU students are visiting universities across the country to see how different places deal with binge drinking. The journalism students are working to complete the project in 90 days. Enlarge video

Kansas University officials are sending 34 students on a whirlwind tour of colleges across the country, as the university turns to students for help in its fight against high-risk drinking.

The journalism students will be developing a campaign to establish a culture of responsible drinking at KU. They hope to complete the project in 90 days.

“We’re delighted to be working on something that’s going to so directly benefit KU,” said Bob Basow, who teaches the campaigns class involved in the project. “A culture of responsible drinking will enable students to have a good time and enjoy the vibrant social atmosphere (but) there won’t be negative consequences.”

KU officials contacted Basow about having his students take on the project after two KU students died in drinking-related incidents last year:

• On March 8, 2009, 19-year-old Jason Wren was found dead inside his Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house after a night of binge drinking, according to authorities.

• Dalton Hawkins, 18, was found dead on April 24 after falling off the roof of a scholarship hall on campus. He, too, had been drinking, authorities said.

“KU is to be enjoyed and enjoyed responsibly, so we’re looking forward to doing something that will make that happen,” Basow said of the campaign project his students are involved in.

The students left last week to check out the scene at University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where the community has embraced its fight against dangerous drinking.

A Lawrence Journal-World/6News series this month highlighted Lincoln’s successful approach to the problem, in which city police, landlords, bar owners and university leaders spent the last decade working together to create an environment of stiff consequences involving high-risk drinking:

• Students can be expelled for drinking on-campus or in fraternity and sorority houses.

• Bar owners can receive a citation if they serve someone who is underage or already intoxicated.

• A large, visible, police presence in the city’s bar district discourages bar owners and students from breaking the law.

• Landlords are fining tenants caught having wild, out-of-control parties.

KU leaders said many of these solutions could also be applied to Lawrence, if the community embraced and fought the problem together.

“We have good working relationships with all these entities here in Lawrence and I think it’s just a matter of getting together in a more-systematic way,” said Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle, associate vice provost in the office of the vice provost for student success at KU. “We really want to see a more integrated community effort.”

A community group was organized by the university to start addressing some of the issues after the student deaths last year, but KU vice provost for student success Marlesa Roney said the group has since disbanded.

Tuttle said it’s important to get students behind the effort and to get across the right message, which is why the office contacted Basow’s students for help. Officials at UNL said they found great success in utilizing several classes to help them with research and marketing efforts.

The KU students will also be traveling to Colorado State University, the University of Missouri and the University of Virginia, all of which boast successful approaches to curbing high-risk drinking. Their trips and project are being sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and Lawrence-based O’Malley Beverage of Kansas Inc.

In addition to studying the culture in other communities, Basow said the students will also do focus groups and study the Lawrence community to identify how to best get a safe drinking message across to students here.

“A solution that can be effectively implemented in a community like this is going to come primarily from the students, with the support from the university and also with support from the community,” said Basow. “If we can get everybody to work together in a coalition of the willing, then this is going to succeed.”

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newmedia 4 years, 4 months ago

A picture only a mother could love !!

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homechanger 4 years, 4 months ago

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imastinker 4 years, 4 months ago

You guys just hate her because she looks HOT!!

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somedude20 4 years, 4 months ago

those girls have some nice cups!

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Deja Coffin 4 years, 4 months ago

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imastinker 4 years, 4 months ago

Deja - it would take one ugly mug to make up for the rest of that package!!

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FarneyMac 4 years, 4 months ago

The only way to effectively tackle college binge drinking is to change the entire culture of alcohol in this country.

The more you try to repress things, the more the kids will want to do them. I grew up responsibly drinking beer and wine with dinner - alcohol was never forbidden or mysterious in our household, much like a European household. When I got to high school and then at KU, I never quite understood what all the fuss about bein able to finally drink was about. But you tell a kid they can't have something, and they grow up watching raunchy teen comedies where "getting drunk" is equated with having a good time, it's no wonder they go wild once they get away from their overbearing, repressed parents.

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Deja Coffin 4 years, 4 months ago

yeah, that or an ugly personality. I've found many good looking guys to become very ugly once their mouths were open and vice versa. Then again, she's good looking and can chug a beer, who needs a personality with that!

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tanaumaga 4 years, 4 months ago

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imastinker 4 years, 4 months ago

Deja - you are right. Personality is important if you are going to have to actually talk to this person. I am much less patient with that kind of thing than I used to be....

I also really enjoy this part of spring much more than I used to. That shirt would be pretty normal in August.

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Deja Coffin 4 years, 4 months ago

I'm just giving you a hard time stinker.... although that last comment of yours made me picture you as Matthew Mcconaughey's character in Dazed and Confused. "That's what I love about these High School girls man. I get older, they stay the same age."

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ryknow1976 4 years, 4 months ago

BREAKING NEWS: COLLEGE CHICKS GET TRASHED. FILM AT 11:00 (and whatta film that's gonna be. giggity giggity)

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Liberty275 4 years, 4 months ago

I really love drunk girls, especially drunk college girls. Anyone with a plan to end this thing of beauty should butt out.

"Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, Cleavage!!!!!!!!"

Very nice. You know there is at least one happy LJW photographer.

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Liberty275 4 years, 4 months ago

"breaking news: college chicks get trashed. film at 11:00 "

AKA, Girls Gone Wild commercials.

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jbiegs 4 years, 4 months ago

that looks like the beginning of a great night!

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Truami 4 years, 4 months ago

Want to know how Jesus turned water into wine? He convinced people that they could socialize on substances that nourished the body rather than deteriorated the body.

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BigAl 4 years, 4 months ago

Hey... these girls are classy enough to pour cans of Natty Light into red plastic cups. Unclassy would have been to simply drink it from the can.

I love it..!!

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whatupdown 4 years, 4 months ago

Each one of those "girls" could cut the top half of her shirt off and look "hot" too,

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2009KUGRAD 4 years, 4 months ago

They are young, happy, in college, and they are just hanging out together on a Friday afternoon :) Good for them! I know that I miss those days for sure

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Food_for_Thought 4 years, 4 months ago

Just because it's not mentioned in the article, doesn't mean they aren't planning on covering the topic; but I think if they don't address it, they're leaving out a critical area students should be focusing on in regard to responsible drinking - DESIGNATED DRIVERS, whether that be a sober friend, KU's "Safe Ride", or a taxi cab.

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imastinker 4 years, 4 months ago

Deja - I think I need to see that movie!!

High school girls don't really do it for me though. I feel like a perve even thinking about it....

All I know is that us men have spent all winter cooped up in the house and you chicks have been wearing coats and long sleeves all winter. I'm ready for spring! Low cut blouses and mini skirts! Bikini Season!!!!

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ksarmychick 4 years, 4 months ago

Looks to me like they are playing a game called flip cup!

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somedude20 4 years, 4 months ago

http://www.lemondrop.com/2010/03/25/the-craziest-things-weve-found-in-our-bras/

I wonder what kind of stuff college girls find in their bras at the end of the night?

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

Approving more and more drinking establishments is sending the wrong message.

City commissioners made it much easier by reducing the percentage of food sales necessary in new establishments. They laughed at an effort to curb more and more bars.

Where's the teamwork?

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