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President Joanne Glasser answers a reporter's question at a news conference highlighting the positive results from the Bradley University Comprehensive Alcohol Action Plan.
By Melissa Hoffman '10
The Bradley University Comprehensive Alcohol Action Plan made a positive impact on campus, according to first-year data presented at a recent news conference.
“Our first-year statistics demonstrate students are making better choices regarding alcohol,” said Bradley President Joanne Glasser. “We will continue to try to curtail the abuse and misuse of alcohol, making Bradley a safer living and learning environment for our entire University community.”
A special committee of faculty, staff and students appointed by President Glasser developed the plan in 2008. It includes alcohol educational programs, alcohol-free activities and sanctions for students who violate alcohol policies.
Last year, students participated in an abundance of alcohol-free entertainment, such as a campus-wide laser tag game, comedic performances in Lydia’s Lounge, feature films in the Marty Theatre and Late Night BU events in the Markin Family Student Recreation Center. All of these activities and much more provide a healthier student and campus community making Bradley a national leader in combating alcohol abuse on campus.
Late Night BU events were well received by students; as many as 900 of them attended each event. On Halloween, for example, hundreds of students enjoyed psychic readings, a video game tournament and a showing of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
“Late Night BU has given students something positive to do,” said Marcus Belin, a senior elementary education major at Bradley University. “It helped build camaraderie on campus, it’s something we all look forward to and it’s making our campus safer.”
New and expanded alcohol education programs are now included in freshman orientation sessions, University Experience classes, residence hall programming and special workshops.
Monetary fines also discourage students from drinking alcohol; the number of alcohol-related tickets issued to students in the 2008-09 academic year declined by 25 percent from the previous year, the average blood alcohol level of those ticketed dropped by 35 percent and the number of students transported to hospitals as a result of alcohol use fell by more than 50 percent.
There are plenty of alternatives to alcohol at Bradley. This fall, students can enjoy an outdoor movie on Olin Quad, a campus-wide scavenger hunt, dance parties and much more.
"We know we will not eliminate the use of alcohol among students, but the comprehensive nature of our plan and the buy-in and support from students and student leaders are making a difference on the Bradley campus," said Dr. Alan Galsky, vice president for student affairs.
The Bradley University Comprehensive Alcohol Action Plan is available online at http://www.bradley.edu/alcoholplan/.