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The second Green Zone social of the school year for students, faculty, and staff will take place 4-6 p.m. Friday at Begley’s College Hill Tavern, 420 Cattell Street. A Lafayette ID is required to enter the event; all ages are welcome.

Free food and soft drinks will be provided, and other beverages will be available for purchase at the bar for those over 21 with photo ID. The event is sponsored by Lafayette Activities Forum.

The evening is among several educational and social programs that will take place this year on the theme of “Staying in your Green Zone” as part of the College’s commitment to “strengthen campus social norms and provide positive reinforcement to the majority of students who socialize in a positive and safe manner,” according to the Alcohol Oversight Committee.

“Students who stay in their Green Zone (.00-.059 blood alcohol concentration) report having more fun while suffering fewer negative consequences, such as a drop in their academic performance or interpersonal conflict,” says Kevin Worthen, acting dean of students and chair of the Alcohol Oversight Committee. “We host Green Zone events to create a fun, engaging, and inviting atmosphere where students, faculty, and administrators can socialize as a community.”

Research indicates that alcohol consumption by students nationwide has declined over the past decade and that most students who drink do so safely. The Alcohol Oversight Committee coordinates a multidimensional approach to reduce high-risk alcohol use by Lafayette students that includes enforcement of alcohol policies, education about the effects of alcohol and actual drinking norms on campus, and interventions with students with alcohol-related problems.

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