Community Alliance forum
Thursday, May 20, 2010
St. Cloud Community Alliance,a new campus-community coalition, aims to reduce the harms of high-risk drinking.
A new campus-community coalition will host an open forum on high-risk drinking 6 p.m. May 25 in the Bell/Alexander Rooms at the St. Cloud Civic Center.
The forum will be led by St. Cloud Community Alliance co-chairs Dave Kleis, mayor of St. Cloud, and Earl H. Potter III, president of St. Cloud State University.
View the event flyer (PDF).
The forum, which is titled "The Impact of High-Risk Drinking on the St. Cloud Community," seeks input on these topics:
- Experiences, perspectives and opinions about high-risk drinking in St. Cloud
- Perspectives on the impact that high-risk drinking has on the quality of life for students, neighbors and businesses
- Strategies for creating a safer, healthier community
High-risk drinking can increase vandalism, littering, property damage, fighting, car accidents and death from alcohol. Community consequences can include:
- Increased need for police/emergency response personal and resources
- Increased cleaning, security and legal costs to businesses
- Negative perceptions about educational systems
Critical aspects of high-risk drinking include binge consumption of alcohol and underage drinking.
St. Cloud Community Alliance, in conjunction with St. Cloud State and the Neighborhood University Community Council, a group of University-Southside neighborhood residents, is supporting a series of proposed ordinances aimed at reducing high-risk drinking and its ill effects.
Among those proposed ordinances is a so-called social host law, a statutory strategy that is increasingly popular in Minnesota. In the last 12 months St. Paul, Mankato and Minneapolis have enacted laws that hold criminally responsible those persons who host gatherings where there is underage alcohol consumption.
Other St. Cloud Community Alliance leaders include Robert Reff, interim assistant dean of students for chemical health and outreach programming at St. Cloud State and Thomas Workman, a assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Houston-Downtown.
For more information, contact Robert Reff at 320-308-6290.
St. Cloud State University