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Penn State pays $186,000 to clamp down on “State Patty’s Day.”

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Penn State University paid local bars and restaurants $186,000 to cease selling alcohol on March 1, a booze-fueled quasi-holiday known among students at “State Patty’s Day.” The university combined with local officials to produce another $25,000 to beer distributors to halt keg ad case sales that same day.

“That was probably the more significant strategy in reducing problems over the last two years,” State College Borough Police Chief Thomas King said in a telephone interview. “The problem is sustaining that over the long term because of the cost.”

“The campus and the town have been vexed by State Patty’s Day since its inception, but we’ve found a formula that has whittled it away to the point that it is no longer the problem it once was,” Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims said on the college’s online news site.

Proof of success? Local police arrested more than 200 partiers last year; the number this year was roughly half that.


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  • Jeff Asay

    $211,000 that could have gone to helping some students graduate with less student debt. Look, we know the football team hasn’t given the student body a reason to party in a really long time, so they had to get creative. Instead of treating them like 6 year-olds caught with their hands in the cookie jar one too many times, teach them some life lessons. You get busted, you get kicked out for a full semester. Or use that 211k to teach about alcohol abuse and drinking in moderation.